Nolan Reimold sees cervical specialist for herniated disk, out through All-Star break


Two months ago Nolan Reimold was expected to miss 2-3 days with a bulging disk in his back, but the Orioles outfielder hasn’t played since and the team announced yesterday that he won’t play again until after the All-Star break.

And according to Brittany Ghiroli of “manager Buck Showalter hinted at worse news” as the Orioles wait to hear back from a cervical specialist who examined Reimold over the weekend.

Ghiroli reports that a recent MRI exam showed what is now deemed a herniated disk had diminished in size, but Reimold continues to feel pain and tingling.

Injuries derailed Reimold’s career several times before this season, but the 28-year-old former top prospect was hitting .313 with five homers and a .960 OPS in 16 games before being shut down.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.