The road has finally come to an end for Nolan Reimold on the Orioles roster. He's worked his way back from his latest injury, which involved spinal surgery, but now that he's healthy again, the team has moved on. Before Tuesday's game, the O's activated him from the disabled list and immediately designated him for assignment. The team will now have 10 days to trade or release Reimold.
The most likely outcome is that another team will claim Reimold on waivers at the end of the DFA limbo period. That team would then be on the hook for paying Reimold about $500,000 for the rest of the season.
With the surprising emergence of both Steve Pearce and Delmon Young, the Orioles don't have any need for a third nominal outfielder and right-handed bench bat. Why get rid of the players who have performed this year for the ever-breaking Reimold.
It's still a remote possibility that Reimold remains in the organization. If no one claims him on waivers, then the Orioles would be able to outright Reimold to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment he could not refuse.
Over parts of five seasons with the Orioles, Reimold appeared in 286 games for the Orioles, batting .252/.327/.439. We'll always remember the potential he showed in his rookie season, when he hit 15 home runs in 104 games and won our hearts with his loping, gazelle-like stride. Between injuries, personal problems, and poor performance, he could never put together anything close to a full season after that.