Reimold may need second epidural injection

Reimold may need second epidural injection

BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Nolan Reimold is not progressing the way the Orioles had hoped, and while Reimold -- who is on the disabled list with a herniated disc -- was scheduled to be examined by a team physician on Monday, manager Buck Showalter wasn't overly optimistic in his assessment.

"There doesn't seem to be a marked improvement we had hoped that Monday would bring," Showalter said of Reimold, who received an epidural injection in his sore neck on Friday.

"That's the potential, to do another one. Initially, it's set up as a series of three. But I'm not sure about when the next one could take place if [the team's doctors] feel like they may want to wait another day or two to see if this might resolve itself. I don't know; I just know that it didn't seem to be a whole lot of the marked improvement we had hoped to have today. But maybe that'll change between now and the time we leave."

Reimold last played on April 30, and the initial hope had been that he could be out on a rehab assignment and return on or around Wednesday, when he's eligible to come back. But that timetable has been pushed back since Reimold received the injection, and it could be delayed further should Reimold need another shot.

The Orioles received some good news on an MRI exam taken last week on right-hander Matt Lindstrom's right middle finger, with the injury being diagnosed as a ligament sprain. Lindstrom was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday, and he said the biggest relief was that there was no damage to the sheath, which would have required a considerably longer recovery period.

Reimold and Lindstrom will likely have to head down to extended spring camp in Sarasota, Fla., with outfielder Endy Chavez and infielder Mark Reynolds -- who are both dealing with left oblique strains -- also scheduled to head south.