ATLANTA — The Orioles received good and bad news on the ever-puzzling health of left fielder Nolan Reimold, who has been out of all baseball activites for nearly seven weeks with a bulging disk in his neck.
An MRI showed that the disk has shrunen and the inflammation is gone – the good news – but the club now has no reason why Reimold is still experiencing spots of tingling in his left arm and hasn’t been able to regain his strength.
So Reimold – who has spent his DL time in and out of doctors offices – will now see a neurosurgeon to see if his problems are nerve-related. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expected to receive the neurosurgeon’s findings Monday.
“It’s kind of good and bad,” Showalter said. “They liked what they saw from the MRI as far as the shrinkage of the disk and the inflammation’s gone.
“Sometimes you have to start over some time to bring the strength back up,” Showalter added. “I’m hoping that’s what the neurosurgeon comes up with but we’re just trying to identify why if that disk is shrunk and the pain is gone, why he’s not getting complete strength back.”
Reimold started off the season extremely well, hitting .313/.333/.627 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 16 games before the injury shelved him. He hasn’t played since April 30, and this week he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He is eligible to return June 30, but at this point that seems optimistic.