After missing four games, Reimold returns

After missing four games, Reimold returns

BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold, out of the starting lineup for four straight games with neck spasms, was back in the leadoff spot for Thursday's game with the Jays.

Reimold had missed five of the last six games and did a lot of work Tuesday without feeling any setbacks, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter put him back into the lineup.

"I'm doing better," said Reimold, who went 1-for-5 in the O's 5-2 victory. "I hit [Wednesday] and it didn't get worse or anything. It feels better today, and we'll give it a go."

Reimold last started Friday in Anaheim where he had problems in the game. If the neck starts bothering him again, the left fielder said he's not going to ignore it because the O's don't want him to regress.

"I know how it felt last time when I played, so if I feel that again, I will say something because I don't want it to act up as bad as it did out there in Anaheim," Reimold said. "I'll pay attention to it and not try to push through it because it might set me back for a long time if something does happen."

One reason the Orioles wanted him back in the lineup was his bat. He was batting .370 with five homers and 10 RBIs entering Thursday.