Reimold's surgery successful
Rookie will have plenty of time to recuperate before 2010
TORONTO -- Nolan Reimold had successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon on Wednesday, correcting an ailment that had bothered him all season. Reimold, who had a 25 percent tear of the tendon, is expected to have plenty of time to recuperate before the team convenes for Spring Training.
"He had the surgery at 7 a.m. and he will follow up with [the doctor] in about 12-14 days," said manager Dave Trembley. "Everything went well. I think he'll go home to the Pittsburgh area and then come back to get a followup."
The operation puts a coda on Reimold's successful rookie season, a campaign that saw him begin the year at Triple-A Norfolk and finish it as one of Baltimore's most threatening hitters. Reimold batted .279 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs in 104 games for Baltimore, and he saw action as the cleanup hitter in recent weeks.
When it came down to it, though, the Orioles decided that he'd shown enough for one season and that he'd be better off shutting down and undergoing the operation. Reimold is facing a rehabilitation that could take up to four months, and the Orioles want to make sure he'll be in peak condition when February rolls around.
"They said that in a normal eight to 10 weeks, he will start running," said Trembley. "He wasn't going to get this thing done until Oct. 5, but he got it done on [Sept.] 23. We got a few extra days that he's ahead of schedule."
Reimold, who hit .394 with nine home runs at Triple-A Norfolk to force his promotion, ended the year as one of Baltimore's most consistent hitters. The 25-year-old batted .257 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 51 games during the first half, and then he hit .299 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 53 games after the break.
Taken in totality, Reimold's season qualified as one of the biggest surprises of the year for a team that sorely needed one. Along with Brad Bergesen, Reimold starred in Spring Training and parlayed his success into a job for 2010.
"I would say Reimold as a position player and Bergesen [were the biggest surprises]," said Trembley. "Both guys didn't make the team out of Spring Training. Both guys had never played above Double-A. And both guys put up very good numbers."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.