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.”

Rubby De La Rosa to undergo a second Tommy John Surgery

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This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.

De La Rosa has had elbow  issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.

I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.

He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

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Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.

Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.