BOSTON -- Outfielder Nolan Reimold, on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk, will have to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.
"Without a doubt," manager Buck Showalter said on Sunday when asked if Reimold would have to spend time with one of the team's affiliates. "I'm hoping [that] by the end of the DL period, somewhere around the 14th, he can get some at-bats. It's been a while."
Reimold, who hasn't played in a game since Monday, traveled to Baltimore the following morning after reporting tingling in his fingertips and was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his cervical spine, an injury that had caused neck spasms the previous two weeks.
Showalter exchanged texts with Reimold on Friday and got a report on Saturday that said the 28-year-old is improving.
"He was feeling better," Showalter said of Reimold, who has been taking anti-inflammatory medications. "The tingling has diminished, but hasn't gone away yet."
Reimold, who has hit .313 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games, is eligible to be activated on May 16.