As I’ve written over the past few days, outfielder Nolan Reimold won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Wednesday. He’s not even ready to go on an injury-rehab assignment.
Right now, he’s waiting to be re-examined by a team physician and to find out whether he needs a second epidural injection to alleviate the discomfort caused by a herniated disk in his cervical spine.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden received three injections for his lower back, so Reimold has some catching up to do.
The Orioles were hoping that one shot would be enough for Reimold, but he’s not progressing at a rapid pace.
“He doesn’t seem to be markedly better,” Showalter said. “Initially, that’s part of a three-shot series, but some people recover and get great results from just the first one or the second one. But there doesn’t seem to be the marked improvement we had hoped that Monday would bring.”
From last Monday through Sunday, the Orioles made 22 individual roster moves by optioning five players to the minors, selecting the contracts of five players, recalling three players, placing three players on the 15-day disabled list, designating three players for assignment - one was later outrighted to the minors - and transferring two players to the 60-day disabled list.
Jason Hammel has allowed two runs or fewer in all six starts. No Orioles pitcher has started a season by allowing two runs or fewer in seven straight outings.
Jim Palmer in 1977 and Jay Tibbs - yes, Jay Tibbs - in 1989 also allowed two runs or fewer in their first six starts.
Milt Pappas holds the franchise record for most consecutive starts allowing two runs or fewer with 10 from July 29-Sept. 6, 1964. The last Orioles pitcher to allow two runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts was Erik Bedard, when he had eight from June 21-Aug. 2, 2006.
Orioles designated hitters have homered twice in the last seven at-bats, both by Nick Johnson, after they homered once (Chris Davis on April 26) in their first 120 at-bats.