When Nolan Reimold was called up to the big leagues on May 14th, it was assumed he only had about twelve days to earn his right to stay.
That's not a whole lot of time to show you deserve a longer look in the majors, but Luke Scott is scheduled to come off the disabled list on May 26th. It's simply a numbers game.
Nolan Reimold is five games into that twelve day period and so far so good. Dave Trembley has played the prospect everyday, and as a result, Reimold has racked up five hits in five games. He's only had one 0-for game since joining the team---and that was against Kansas City ace Zack Greinke.
To the 25-year-old's credit he's faced some tough pitchers and has been able to hit big league pitching. He posted a two-hit game against a very solid Kyle Davies in Kansas City and had one of the Orioles' three hits Tuesday against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia.
Reimold is holding his own so far and that's promising considering other Orioles standouts like Nick Markakis took almost three months before showing he could hit when he was first called up.
It will be interesting to see what happens May 26th when Scott is scheduled to come off the DL. Two choices stand out; send Lou Montanez to Norfolk because he still has options, or put Felix Pie through waivers and see what happens.
Montanez could be the victim of bad luck. He hurt his thumb right when he was starting to get the opportunity to play more. It will be a tough decision for the Orioles if Montanez is the odd man out. I think they still believe he can help the offense.
Nolan Reimold is making it harder and harder for the O's to send him down next week.