Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday evening.
Reimold, who has been limited to 56 games over the past two seasons because of multiple neck fusion surgeries, still can’t play the outfield comfortably and has struggled to look up for fly balls.

“We’re just trying to get him all the way healthy,” Showalter said. “Hopefully, we’ll give him a little more time. ... We kept waiting for it. The two times he tried [to play the outfield], looking up bothered him some. It didn’t bother him to hit too much. He could get sore. Obviously, you need to look up to play the outfield depending on your pitching staff.”

Showalter said he met with Reimold, who he said agreed that he’s not where he needs to be physically, but Showalter added that he believes Reimold is still “light years” ahead of where he was this time last year, when the opened the season hitting .188 over his first 37 games before landing on the DL in mid-May.

“He can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Showalter said. “Let’s face it, the guy has had two neck fusions. One that didn't get the results we hoped, and one that seems like he’s done real well with. The last four, five games he seems more comfortable.
“This guy missed two years. Now, we are trying to get him to the point where he doesn’t think about it too much when he’s hitting. He’s almost full strength with his arm, [doing] stuff that your back and vertebrae is supposed to do. It’s pretty serious stuff, obviously. I don't want to throw a wet blanket over it. He just needs a little more time.”

The move hasn’t been announced, but Reimold was scratched from the starting lineup for Wednesday’s night road split-squad game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park.