Nolan Reimold underwent spinal fusion surgery last June, but the issue was not resolved and now the Orioles outfielder is going under the knife again for a similar operation.
Reimold hasn’t officially been ruled out for the season, but as manager Buck Showalter put it to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun: “I don’t think you will see him again this year.”
Reimold was once a top prospect who had a very good rookie season for the Orioles in 2009, but he’s played just 182 of a possible 583 games since then while repeatedly being derailed by injuries. Now at age 29 his career is seemingly in jeopardy, because Showalter talked about Reimold simply being able to do “his daily day-to-day activities and just living his life right … and the baseball part of it, I’m told, should come.”
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: