Nolan Reimold has yet to put up great numbers in his young career at the major league level. The beginning of his 2012 season with the Baltimore Orioles seemed to be the beginning of a big breakout year. He had five homers and 10 runs batted in while batting for a more than 300 average and an OPS over 900. That was in only 16 games. He then began having neck pain and eventually had to have season ending surgery on a disk in his neck.
While that isn’t exactly your run of the mill baseball injury, it certainly can be understood why such an injury is serious. The Orioles responded by signing Nate McLouth to fill in and he did so admirably offensively and very well defensively. This season, with more than one team improved in the American League East, they will need all of the offense they can get. That is especially true if you consider their somewhat suspect back side of the pitching rotation.
Reimold was on pace for 50 homers and 100 runs batted in last year. Obviously he probably would not have busted out for 50 home runs, but certainly 25 was a real possibility along with 80 to 100 RBI. This year, though I’m sure Nate McLouth will have a strongly secure place on this team, the Orioles need a healthy Nolan Reimold to return to the breakout form he was just beginning to show last season if they plan to get the most from their line-up.