BALTIMORE -- Concerns that Nolan Reimold would not be able to make it off the disabled list by his May 16 eligibility date had been building for some time, and on Sunday, Baltimore's Opening Day starter in left field said he doesn't expect to be able to return that quickly.
Reimold had an epidural Friday morning in an attempt to treat a bulging disc in his cervical spine, and he said it will be three to five days before the results of the procedure can be interpreted. Manager Buck Showalter said Reimold would be examined on Monday.
"I'll see how it feels tomorrow and then go from there," Reimold said. "It could be a couple of days. It could be stretched out for a while. So hopefully that shot will work the first time and it'll be sooner rather than later."
Reimold has been dealing with neck spasms and a numbness in his fingers and hands for nearly a month now, at first shifting in and out of the lineup before finally landing on the DL.
Although he said he feels better now than he did two weeks ago, Reimold was unsure of what the timetable would be for a return from such an unusual injury.
"It definitely feels better than what it did before, so there's been progress," Reimold said. "Hopefully that puts me over the hump, the shot."
Showalter said that the decision on whether Reimold would head to Sarasota, Fla., for a rehab assignment would be made Monday. Reliever Matt Lindstrom will also learn his fate on Monday, the soonest Showalter said the club could get someone to interpret his MRI.
Showalter added that Endy Chavez, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique, will definitely be traveling to Sarasota.
Showalter also mentioned Mark Reynolds as a possibility for Sarasota. Reynolds was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained oblique.