BOSTON -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has been claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday afternoon.
The news, first tweeted by a relative of Reimold, isn't a shock given Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion 's recent injury and Reimold's power potential. The 30-year-old outfielder, who has been limited to 56 Major League games since the beginning of the 2012 season, has shown flashes of his potential, but has been hampered by two consecutive season-ending neck procedures from an injury that originally occurred diving into the stands to make a catch.
As the claiming club, Toronto must pick up what remains of Reimold's $1.025 million salary for this season, which is roughly $500,000. Reimold was reinstated from the disabled list last week, and the Orioles tried to find a trade partner for him before placing him on waivers.
Reimold hit 344/.439/.594 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games with Double-A Bowie, but had no spot on the O's roster with right-handed hitters Delmon Young, Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz sharing the designated hitter and outfield duties.
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