Reimold pondering options, including surgery

Reimold pondering options, including surgery

NEW YORK -- Nolan Reimold continues to see doctors in Baltimore, and the Orioles' left fielder is weighing his options to recover from a herniated disk in his neck -- including possible season-ending surgery.

Reimold has sought multiple opinions, and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday's game that there haven't been any definitive decisions made. Showalter did not want to speculate about whether Reimold would return to the field in 2012. The 28-year-old Reimold hasn't played since April 30.

"I don't want to throw dirt over Nolan right now," Showalter said. "Let's let this thing run its course. I've gotten some positive, best-case scenarios, too. So I don't think we are ready to go there yet. I think when we gather everything, what they decide to do exactly I can address that part of it. But I've heard a good time frame, too."

Reimold is currently on the 60-day disabled list, and while an MRI on Thursday showed that the condition has improved, he is still dealing with numbness and tingling. Showalter confirmed that surgery is an option, while getting a third epidural injection -- Reimold has already had two in the area -- is not being discussed. There's no time frame as to when Reimold will reach a decision, and given the nature of his injury, any surgical procedure would have a significant rehab period.

"I'd like to think it's not something you can rush, making a decision with that, especially with your back and neck," Showalter said.

"I've texted [Reimold], I've called him once. He's in and out of elevators, it's tough. [Special assistant Brady Anderson] is right there beside him, and we've exchanged a couple texts back and forth. [I] told him to hang in there, and he said he's trying to. [It's] very frustrating for him -- there were a lot of things lined up for him to have a big year for us. We are hoping it's just being delayed and not denied."

The Orioles' Opening Day left fielder, Reimold hit .313, with five homers and 10 RBIs, posting a .627 slugging percentage in 67 at-bats before hitting the DL.