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Reimold held out of starting lineup again

Reimold held out of starting lineup

BALTIMORE -- If you thought Dave Trembley would stick with a hot lineup, you'd be half right.

Baltimore's manager went right back to the same batting order Wednesday that scored 10 runs on Tuesday night, but he said that symmetry had more to do with a missing player than with going back to the same well. Trembley gave Nolan Reimold a day off on Tuesday, and he wanted to do the same thing Wednesday.

"It's more about Reimold," said Trembley of his beleaguered outfielder. "I think he's going to get his Achilles taken care of right after the season is done, so he can have a normal offseason. This is something that's been bothering him since the middle of last year. And it's not just his Achilles. He's had an ankle problem. He's had a knee problem, a hamstring problem. But the way he plays, you could never tell. The guy gives you everything he's got."

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The Orioles have previously said that Reimold is playing through a 25 percent tear of his left Achilles tendon, an injury that will likely require surgery after the season. Reimold got forced into extra duty when both Adam Jones and Felix Pie went down with injuries, and Trembley doesn't want to risk pushing him past the breaking point.

And toward that end, Reimold was held out of batting practice Tuesday and given a choice Wednesday as to whether he would take some practice cuts. Reimold wound up taking batting practice, just to be safe.

"He's played a lot of consecutive games. He's run an awful lot on the bases and in the outfield," said Trembley. "I was going to give him a day yesterday. I didn't have him take BP and I told him that there's no way -- unless there was an extreme emergency -- that he was going to get in the game last night. Tonight, he's available to pinch-hit."

Reimold, who currently leads American League rookies in batting average (.279), on-base percentage (.364), slugging (.468), home runs (15) and walks (46), will be watched carefully down the stretch. Trembley will attempt to slot him at designated hitter from time to time, and he'll also be sure to spell him whenever possible.

"I'm sure everybody was wondering why I didn't pinch-hit Reimold last night when the left-hander was there to face Pie and [Jeff] Fiorentino," said Trembley. "But I was not going to play Reimold yesterday for the betterment of Reimold and out of respect to him, [head athletic trainer] Richie Bancells and our medical staff."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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