Orioles contemplate next step with Reimold

Orioles contemplate next step with Reimold

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have recalled Nolan Reimold from his 20-game rehab assignment and now have a "couple days," according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, to determine the next step.

"In next day or so we have to reinstate him to our active roster or do something else with his contract," Duquette said of Reimold, who could also be designated for assignment, which would give the club 10 days to have the outfielder traded, released or pass through waivers.

Duquette said he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which could be tricky the way the current roster is constructed. Baltimore, playing a man down with Manny Machado's suspension, already has a trio of right-handed hitters in the outfielder/designated hitter category with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.

The 30-year-old Reimold was re-signed by Baltimore to a one-year, $1 million deal this winter and -- assuming he clears waivers -- would be ourighted to Triple-A Norfolk and could not refuse the assignment.

Reimold, who concluded his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie over the weekend, has not played in a Major League game since July 13, 2013, and has appeared in 56 games since the end of 2011 due to a pair of neck surgeries.

Reimold had a corrective procedure this winter since the fusion didn't work properly the first time around and started this season on the disabled list after a spring in which he wasn't ready to play the field.

A career .252 hitter in parts of five seasons, Reimold hit a career-high 15 homers in 104 games in his rookie season in '09 and showed flashes of impressive power but dealt with serious injuries along the way.

He had a torn Achilles at the end of '09 and suffered the initial neck injury diving for a foul ball in the stands in a game at the Chicago White Sox. Reimold kept playing and hit five homers in his first 16 games in '12 before landing on the DL.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.