Reimold settling in after rough start

Reimold settling in after rough start

BALTIMORE -- Manager Buck Showalter said there's a chance Nolan Reimold could be back in Baltimore in September -- something that might help the young outfielder, who is playing a lot better than when last with the Orioles earlier this season.

He is one of the young players the Orioles were expecting big things from in 2010 after having a great rookie season last year. But Reimold stumbled from the start and spent most of the season with Triple-A Norfolk.

Reimold was sent down to Norfolk after batting just .205 in 29 games with Baltimore. The Orioles shut him down late in the '09 season to have surgery on his left Achilles tendon, and Reimold had to work on recovering from that.

And when he went back to Norfolk, Reimold got off to a rough start before slowly rounding into form. He's now batting .247 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 83 games.

"I think there's been some issues, other than playing the game itself, that challenge all players," said Showalter. "You're up here, you're the so-called flavor of the month, and everybody's extolling your virtues, and then you have some challenges. It looks like he's starting to turn the corner and get that behind him. We all love his potential and what he can bring. ... He's definitely real strong on the radar."