Reimold won't return before All-Star break

Reimold won't return before All-Star break

NEW YORK -- Nolan Reimold (herniated disk) will not rejoin the Orioles before the All-Star break, as manager Buck Showalter hinted at worse news, but would only go as far as to count out Reimold for the season's first half until the team gets the results from a second cervical specialist.

"He will not be back before the All-Star break, but let me get the rest of the information," Showalter said on Monday. "I know where we are going."

Reimold saw neurosugeon Dr. Lee Riley in Baltimore over the weekend in the hopes of providing more clarity about why he is still experiencing discomfort and tingling in the area -- specifically his left side -- although Thursday's MRI showed the herniated disk had shrunk. Showalter said the team has an idea what it is dealing with after this weekend's appointment, but he did not want to make the news public until Reimold had a second opinion, which will be in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday.

The Orioles' Opening Day left fielder, Reimold has had two epidural injections and hasn't played since April 30 because of the injury. He hit .313 with a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before being placed on the DL, where he was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day earlier this month.