For Orioles fans, the story of Nolan Reimold is something of a frustration. When he’s healthy he’s capable of contributing to any big league offense he hits for. But that’s been the issue. Staying healthy. Since his debut in 2009, he hasn’t appeared in more than 87 games for Baltimore. And just 56 games total since opening day 2012.
His 2013 ended on May 18th when he was put on the DL with a hamstring injury that is believed to be a result of over-compensating for discomfort he was feeling as a lingering effect of spinal fusion surgery. Initially thought to be a herniated disk, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ziya Gokaslan recommended and performed the pseudarthrosis, the same procedure that Peyton Manning had.
Reimold was given a clean bill of health to start 2013. The procedure has a 95% success rate, but Reimold’s disks did not fuse properly causing him require a second procedure in which Dr. Robert Kowalski inserted a metal disk and transplanted marrow from Reimold’s hip.