Orioles, Nolan Reimold, Avoid Arbitration With 1-Year Deal

 The Orioles lost their leadoff hitter, Nick Markakis to a broken hand just as they went into their stretch run last September, and had to make due without him.   The only reason Markakis was batting first however, was that the O's had already lost their early season leadoff man, Nolan Reimold, to a herniated disk in his neck. Despite both setbacks, they still managed to capture a wild card berth to the AL postseason, losing to the Yankees in the ALDS.

 Yesterday, as per Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun, the Birds reached a 1-year agreement with Reimold, thus avoiding an arbitration hearing and settlement.  Baltimore agreed to pay the 29-year-old native of Greenville, Pennsylvania $1 million dollars, slightly more than double what Reimold made in 2012.

Nolan, a 6'4" righty-swinging outfielder was off to a fantastic start for the 2012 Orioles, only to suffer the neck injury that ended his season after only 16 games.  He had already hit five home runs, and was carrying a batting average of .313 and .960 OPS when he left the lineup, causing Markakis, normally Buck Showalter's number three hitter, to take over the lid-lifter spot.

Reimold has been with the O's his entire professional career.  He underwent a discectomy (removal of a herniated disc) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in late June in order to relieve the tingling Reimold felt in his left arm.  The surgery, performed by Dr. Ziya Gokaslan, a nationally renowned spine specialist, is similar to the procedure Peyton Manning underwent last year.  Manning has returned to action, leading his new team, the Denver Broncos to the AFC Playoffs. Reimold completed his rehab in November.  He is expected to be ready to play in spring training.

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