Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nolan Reimold Done For The Season...

It looks like Nolan Reimold is out for the season due to his nagging Achilles tendon. Now 2/3 of the young, much praised Orioles outfield has been shut down for the season...

Outfielder Nolan Reimold's first big league season, and most likely his chances at becoming American League Rookie of the Year, ended Friday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

He will have surgery in Baltimore on Wednesday to repair the Achilles tendon in his left foot and will be sidelined for three to four months.

Reimold, who led all AL rookies in homers (15), on-base percentage (.365) and slugging percentage (.466), is hopeful that he will be ready for the start of spring training in February.

"I hate to stop playing now, but I think going forward this is probably the best decision," said Reimold, who finishes the season with a .279 average in 104 games after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on May 14.

The Orioles will add outfielder Lou Montanez to the roster for the final two weeks of the season. Montanez, who missed most of the season with torn ligaments in his right thumb, was sent home after a brief rehab stint in the minors earlier this month.

It's sad to see as he was having a great rookie season and was in the chase for the ROY award; however, at this point, it's safe to assume he's going to be the regular left fielder in 2010 and there's no point having him play the rest of the current season. Well, it looks like he'll be ready for the 2010 season, and there's little point seeing him take a chance on further injuring himself plus allowing one problem to become something else.

If there's a positive out of this, Felix Pie, Jeff Fiorentino and Luke Scott should see even more playing time in the outfield.

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