TORONTO -- Part of O's manager Buck Showalter wishes Nolan Reimold had ended up in the National League, on a team far away from the American League East.
But when the Orioles designated Reimold for assignment in early July, it was the division-rival Blue Jays that claimed the 30-year-old off waivers less than a week later.
Reimold, who spent his first five Major League seasons with the Orioles, has gone on to hit .304 (7-for-23) with two homers for the Blue Jays entering Tuesday. Showalter said he's happy his former player has landed on his feet in the big leagues, even if it is with a division rival.
"I'm happy for Nolan," Showalter said. "It's been a very tough path for him, and the way we were constructed, there was no room. I'm glad he's with a Major League club. He should be, and with a good team that has a need for what he brings."
Reimold had been limited to 56 games the previous two seasons because of several neck injuries, and he hadn't appeared in action for the Orioles this season. In 2013, the right fielder went .195 (25-for-128) at the plate in 40 games with Baltimore.
Reimold has worked himself into a backup role with the Blue Jays since joining the club. He's been able to contribute at the plate despite going on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf injury less than a week after he was claimed.
He went 2-for-4 with two homers -- including a game-winning solo shot in the ninth -- in Toronto's 6-5 win over the Astros on Thursday.
"We're all happy for him given the challenges he's had along the way to get to where he is," said Showalter. "If you don't feel good about that then you're pretty cold."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.