Nolan Reimold was happy to get a chance to DH Wednesday. You wouldn't know it by his numbers since the All Star break, but he's pretty banged up.
An inflamed Achilles heel tendon has bothered Reimold to varying degrees throughout the season, and now because of overcompensation, the back of his knee is hurting as well. Wednesday was a chance for him to at least take a break from the field.
You have to hand it to Nolan, despite the pain, he still runs out every ground ball like someone is chasing him. He really is a throwback player when it comes to playing the game hard all the time.
I asked Nolan if he was aware of just how high he ranks amongst rookie departmental leaders in a number of categories, and he said no. He told me he knew his name was mentioned as being in the running for Rookie of the Year because fans kept asking him about it during an autograph session at The Yard last Friday. Before that, Nolan said he hadn't been on MLB.com in a long time because he didn't want to jinx anything.
I don't want to either, but I have to point out the numbers. Reimold leads AL rookies in walks, and he's tied for first with 10 homers. He's second among rookies in RBI's (33), total bases (119), and on base percentage (.362). He is third in average (.273), extra-base hits (25), slugging percentage (.446) and hits (73).
It seems Nolan is only getting better as the season goes on. He's batting .302 with seven doubles, a triple, a homer, 15 walks, four stolen bases and ten RBI in the 28 games since the All-Star Break.
If he keeps that up, he very well could be AL Rookie of the Year. He'll have to stay healthy though. Something tells me Nolan will grind the next six weeks out regardless of pain. He's a quiet gamer.