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.
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.”
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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.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times