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.”
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.