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Nolan Reimold to have surgery, likely out for season

Jun 22, 2012, 6:44 PM EST

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Nolan Reimold wanted badly to come back and play for the Orioles this season. Instead, he chose the best move for his career as a whole and will undergo neck surgery on Monday.

MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli points out that the surgery is similar to the one Peyton Manning had, in that the herniated disk will be removed and two vertebrae will be fused together.

Reimold had two epidurals to help ease the pain from the herniated disk, but it was still pushing on a nerve and producing numbness and tingling.

“It’s disappointing,” he saidy. “I wanted to [contribute], not just individually, but collectively too, because the team has been playing well. We are in the division up there towards the top. So, to not be a part of it, just to watch it is kind of tough. But I’m still rooting for the guys and puling for them. Just from that perspective it’s tough. But I’ll be back. And everything should go well, and I’ll do everything I can to be back as soon as I can. And hopefully be stronger.”

Reimold is holding on to the slim hope that he can retun at some point in September, though that’s highly unlikely. He should be ready to go next year. The 28-year-old hit .313/.333/.627 with five homers in 67 at-bats before getting hurt.

  1. muckthefets23 - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Having had this surgery myself, the C6/C7 vertebrae fused, I couldn’t even return to my desk job in that short amount of time. I sympathize with Reimold but there is no way he gets back to 100% by next spring let alone September.

  2. rockthered1286 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Tell That to Peyton Manning who’s already back and cleared to absorb hits.

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