Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Nolan Reimold, who has played in only 56 games since injuring his neck diving into the stands at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago last April, will have season-ending corrective neck surgery on Tuesday.
As reported by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com,
"Reimold, cleared in January to resume baseball activities following last
June's spinal fusion procedure, was still having trouble getting his
left arm over the hump, and the 29-year-old had a bunch of tests done
over the All-Star break to see if there was a way to help. The results
were shocking, with Reimold learning that the spine never fused properly
and needed to be redone, ending his season for the second consecutive
" Reimold was still waiting for one more set of tests results when
speaking to MLB.com on Saturday, but acknowledged that by all accounts
the second procedure is a necessity. That corrective surgery will be
done by Dr. Robert Kowalski -- a neurosurgeon he saw over the break --
at the Florida Spine Institute and the timeline is about the same,
although the rehab will be a little better."
Reimold originally thought the injury was a herniated disk, but later found out he needed spinal fusion surgery. His rehab enabled him to make the roster at the beginning of this season, but was placed on the disabled list on May 18 with a right hamstring strain.
Although Reimold never had neck pain this season, the concern was the lack of strength in his arm, which lead him to have additional tests.
Reimold played in 104 games his rookie season in2009, but hasn't played more than 87 games in a season since. He is a career .252 hitter with 42 home runs and 126 runs batted in. This season he is batting just .195 with 5 home runs and 12 runs batted in.