Orioles Nolan Reimold Starts Spring Training Off StrongMar 2nd, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Orioles outfield slugger Nolan Reimold started spring training off strong after spending last season struggling with an injury, homering once and walking three times in his first game Monday, and nearly stretching a single into a double Wednesday.
It’s been a long road to recovery for Reimold. After coming in with strong expectations as a second-round draft pick in 2005, and winning the American League Rookie of the Month award for his major league premiere in June 2009, Reimold was forced to end his first season early in September due to fraying in his left Achilles tendon. Following off-season surgery, he started off the 2010 season slow and was demoted back to the minor leagues. This year he’s competing to win a place on team, either for the last available opening on the Orioles’ roster or for a fourth outfielder position.
Reimold and the Orioles staff were happy after his performance Monday. “A year makes a big difference,” Reimold said after hitting his first pitch for a home run in the second inning. “I have no complaints physically,” he added, and demonstrated his improved health by completing all nine innings.
“You can tell he’s in a good place in his life right now [he] has gotten back to,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Reimold again demonstrated that his touch was returning in batting practice Wednesday, sending a long ball soaring over the left field fence.
The Orioles, who beat the Pirates in their season opener Monday, defeated the Tigers 6-5 Wednesday, raising their spring training record to 2-0.