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Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold pulled early with sore throwing shoulder

SARASOTA, Fla. –

Orioles

left fielder

Nolan Reimold

was removed from Friday’s

Grapefruit League

game against the

Pittsburgh Pirates

after just two innings with soreness in his right, throwing shoulder.

Reimold’s early exit was odd, especially considering Reimold had just hit his first homer of the spring, a towering two-run shot to left off

James McDonald

that gave the Orioles a three-run lead in the bottom of the second inning.

“He said it feels fine,” manager

Buck Showalter

said after the Orioles’ 6-5 win over Pittsburgh at Ed Smith Stadium. “Just throwing between innings, it was kind of barking. No reason to stay out there. With all he’s had, you take precaution with it. I don’t think it’s related [to his neck injury from last year], but we’ll see. You’re dealing with a lot of different nerves and stuff. We’ll see what the next couple days bring.”

Reimold played in just 16 games last season. He had season-ending neck surgery in June to repair a herniated disk and have two vertebrae fused. This spring, a major goal has been regaining strength in his left arm, which was atrophied from the injury.

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Because of that, the Orioles have been careful with Reimold’s playing time, even though Showalter called Reimold a “full go.”

Showalter said Reimold complained of the soreness before his home-run at-bat. Reimold’s homer was his first his in eight spring at bats.

“It’s real encouraging to him,” Showalter said of the home run. “Nolan’s been having good [batting practice] and everything, so it doesn’t come as a surprise, but you could tell he was [pleased]. You could probably tell it made coming out of the game a little bit better.”

Around the horn

The Orioles' win Thursday inproved their

Grapefruit League

record to 6-1. ... Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, who arrived in Florida earlier this week from

Haiti

, made his first appearance at the Ed Smith Stadium complex early Friday to undergo some of the medical testing that is necessary before he can be cleared to begin workouts. The 6-foot-4 outfielder was signed to a $788,500 signing bonus in July, but he was displaced in Haiti while trying to obtain a work visa. … Left-hander

Wei-Yin Chen

will start Saturday’s game against the

Tampa Bay Rays

in Port Charlotte. He will be followed by

Brian Matusz

,

Tommy Hunter

,

Troy Patton

and

Daniel McCutchen

. … Right-hander

Chris Tillman

will start Sunday’s home game against the

Philadelphia Phillies

.

Miguel Gonzalez

,

Todd Redmond

, Steve Johnson,

Dylan Bundy

and

Adam Russell

are also scheduled to pitch in that game.

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