Reimold OK despite being hit in face by pitch
CT scan negative; O's outfielder escapes with loose tooth
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A CT scan performed on Nolan Reimold on Friday afternoon came back negative after the Orioles' left fielder was hit in the jaw by a fastball from Rays pitcher Alex Cobb. Reimold appears to have initially avoided any significant injury, with the only concern being a loose tooth.
"The lowlight was Nolan getting hit, and the highlight was finding out that he didn't have a break," manager Buck Showalter said. "I didn't like his chances. ... I thought for sure he would have lost some teeth. He got as much jaw as he got helmet."
Reimold, who was struck by Cobb's 2-1 pitch in the first inning, immediately dropped to the ground and remained facedown for several minutes while being examined by Baltimore's athletic trainers. Reimold did roll over -- to the relieved cheers from the crowd at Charlotte Sports Park -- and remained conscious the entire time, clutching his face with his batting glove. He was helped up and taken off the field on a cart, sitting up before being taken to nearby Peace River Hospital. Reimold headed home afterward, not needing to spend the night in the hospital.
"[Reimold is] one of our teammates, one of our players who has been through a lot," Showalter said. "And that's all that's going through my head. He's going to get a chance to play this year and everything's in order, and all of a sudden you are standing out there with him. Your heart's in your throat."
Cobb, who described the pitch as a fastball that got away, said he got Reimold's phone number and planned to check on him.
"It's probably the worst feeling you can have as a pitcher, seeing something like that," Cobb said. "Being the cause of taking a step back in his career possibly, it's something we never want to see on a baseball field. And when you're the cause of it, it's a feeling you can't describe."
Outfielder Scott Beerer served as pinch-runner for Reimold, then came in to the game to play right field, with Endy Chavez moving to left.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Bill Chastain contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.