The Nolan Reimold story with the Orioles will get another chapter after all. MASN's Roch Kubatko reported on Monday evening that the Orioles will select the contract of Reimold from Triple-A Norfolk before Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will be back.
Why now? Well, you've probably noticed that the Orioles have had some issues with corner outfield spots. Reimold started out not hitting very well for the Tides early in the season but he has been hot recently, especially over the last couple of weeks. At his best, he hits for a decent average, walks a bit, and has some power, which is more than we can say for some people on the O's right now.
Another reason why right now could be that Reimold had an opt-out date in his contract that's approaching, so the O's might as well make a change now.
The Orioles will need to clear a space on both the 25- and 40-man roster to add Reimold. It's possible they will handle that by designating someone for assignment, but they could also clear the spaces by putting a player on the 15-day disabled list and transferring Jonathan Schoop to the 60-day disabled list. Schoop has been on the DL since April 18 and obviously isn't going to be ready within another ten days, so it costs them nothing to make that move.
As to who goes on the 15-day disabled list, well, there's a decent chance that Steve Pearce, who is batting .197, has been playing through an injury and that's why he's played so poorly, and if he hasn't, he may step into a pothole on the way into the stadium tomorrow, if you know what I mean.