Cautious with shoulder, Reimold likely back Tuesday
Orioles outfielder missed almost all of 2012 season following neck surgery
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nolan Reimold (right shoulder soreness) said Sunday he is feeling better and is expected to play in the Orioles' game on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I'm planning on, unless I hear differently, DH'ing him on Tuesday in Dunedin at the very worst," manager Buck Showalter said of Reimold, who hasn't played since Friday. "He's doing a little better."
Reimold exited Friday's game -- which he homered in -- after two innings, and he has been getting treatment to calm the area down. His shoulder doesn't bother him while swinging, just throwing, but he has taken upper-body activities completely off since Friday to help speed up the healing process.
"I had a lot of time off, I had neck surgery," said Reimold, who had his 2012 season cut short in April. "Everybody has got their kinks to work on, myself included. So, it's just a kink I got to work out. If I'm doing something incorrect or my body is not responding the right way, better to get ahead, fix it and go on from there rather than keep playing and getting worse and worse. It's just a kink I got to work out, and it will be fine."
Catcher Taylor Teagarden (lower back soreness) is a little further behind Reimold and probably won't play in Tuesday's game as he tries to rid the lingering soreness from the area.
"I'm going to come in here tomorrow on the off-day and see how things are going," Teagarden said. "I haven't really tested it yet, but I'm hoping when I test it, things will be OK. It's tough to say [a return date] right now."
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