Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of schedule

Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of schedule

Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of schedule
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Orioles have gotten positive reports from outfielder Nolan Reimold and pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who are recovering from surgical procedures and are ahead of their projected schedule.

"Nolan is doing great," manager Buck Showalter said of last season's Opening Day left fielder, who underwent season-ending neck surgery in June. "I'm really excited about where he is because I think he could be a great contributing force.

"Just getting guys like him and Wada [back], who was scheduled to be our No. 2 starter, we haven't had him all year. He's doing great."

Reimold has been working out at his Florida home and remains on track to have a regular offseason and resume baseball activities after Christmas. It is a routine he's had in previous winters, using the early part of the offseason to build up strength, and he's expected to be a full-go in Spring Training.

Wada, who had left elbow ligament replacement surgery in May, won't have a regular winter, but Showalter said the pitcher -- signed last winter out of Japan -- is further along than expected.

"I know that's kind of under the radar," Showalter said of Wada, who never made it out of Spring Training due to elbow discomfort. "We have a chance to get a good pitcher a lot sooner than some people think. I'm not going to say the start of the season until we get down to spring. I think he's going to be healthy and ready to go earlier than people think.

"We've got nothing but rave reviews on his work habits. The doctor's real happy with the surgery. He's got a chance to really give us a shot in the arm."