NEW YORK -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck, and he received a Medrol Dosepak on Tuesday in the hope of alleviating the pain and returning later this week.
"There's a potential for it that he could join us in Boston to play [on Friday]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Reimold, who took a train from New York to Baltimore to be examined by the team's physicians. "The doctor's recommendation is just let it quiet down there. Hopefully, it sounds worse than it actually is. If he doesn't get relief from it, then we'll see what the next step is."
Reimold, who has been slowed by neck spasms for the past week and a half, also experienced some tingling and numbness in his fingers, which Showalter said is common with a bulging disc. The hope is that all of the symptoms are related and once the inflammation calms down, Reimold's neck pain will subside.
"I think that's what they are thinking," Showalter said. "It all kind of works off the same thing. When your body spasms like that, it's trying to tell you something. But it resolved to a point where he could play. We waited one extra day just to be on the safe side. It cropped back up again."
The Medrol Dosepak is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Reimold's injury is a big blow for the Orioles, particularly given how well he's hit while in the lineup. The 28-year-old has missed six of the team's last 12 games, including Tuesday's contest against the Yankees, and has a .313 batting average with five homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games. He had a 14-game hit streak snapped in Monday's 2-1 loss to New York.