Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:00 AM
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold enters the Bowie Baysox lineup.
Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is slowly making strides in recovery after suffering a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old has played for Orioles franchise his whole career — starting in 2009 — and has been one of the O’s most productive players at his position. However, he is in full rehabilitation mode for Bowie, and he made his first AA start this season for the Baysox on June 18 at Prince George’s Stadium.
Reimold left a lasting impression the last time he played in Bowie. Four years ago, Reimold hit three home runs and a grand slam against the Akron Aeros in the 2008 Eastern League Playoffs.
Despite his previous success in Bowie, he went 0-3 at the plate in his 2013 debut as the designated hitter.
Reimold struggled at the plate without a hit in his first three starts for the Baysox. But, he hit a deep drive to left-field on his final at bat against the Harrisburg Senators in his first minor league appearance this season.
Reimold moved to his natural position in the outfield the following game. Even though he did not produce at the plate that night, he showed his defensive skills were still intact. He rifled the ball at second base for an outfield assist to rob Brian Goodwin of a base hit.
Despite doubters questioning if Reimoold could respond from the stigma of being injury prone, he delivered with a two-out, two-RBI single during the seventh inning against the Altoona Curve, leading Bowie to a victory in the first game of the series on Friday. That was his first hit during the four-game stretch.
Reimold is still looking to notch a multi-hit game after having a slugging percentage less than .100 in six games with the Baysox. He has been running the base path aggressively with no signs of hindrance or choppy movement. It will take some time to make the minor adjustments, but management said Reimold is on the right track to produce on their road trip against Richmond.
“It always helps to have him in our line up, because he poses that threat, and he is going to get it going. ... We are looking forward to that,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said. “He is seeing the ball better, and he has been out awhile. So the bats are coming, and we will play it by ear each night.”