Nolan Reimold needs another surgery to “fix” spinal fusion

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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.”

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.