|Reimold singles in debut with Orioles|
|Written by From staff and wire reports|
|Friday, 15 May 2009 09:18|
Former Bowling Green State University outfielder Nolan Reimold, the 2005 Mid-American Conference player of the year, singled in his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles Thursday.
Reimold was called up Wednesday night and was in the starting lineup for the Orioles' game at Kansas City. Reimold started in left field and batted seventh, finishing 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout. His hit came off reliever Ron Mahay as Baltimore defeated the Royals, 9-5.
"It's something you've been shooting for your whole life," Remold said on www.mlb.com. "It's pretty surreal."
Reimold got the word of his call-up from Norfolk manager Gary Allenson late Wednesday night.
Reimold quickly called his parents with the good news and soon was receiving congratulatory text messages and calls.
"I just want to keep doing the same things I was doing down there," Reimold said. "The biggest difference is probably the atmosphere. It's definitely exciting."
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley made Reimold no promises on how long he would remain with the Orioles.
"I told him, 'Make the most of your opportunity. While you're here, you'll play,'" Trembley said. "He's coming off a great start, and we're glad to have him."
Reimold started the season at Triple-A Norfolk where he was batting .394 with nine home runs. He also had 27 RBI in 31 games with Norfolk this season to go along with 11 doubles and 21 runs scored while slugging at a .743 percentage.
Baltimore is 15-20 on the season. Reimold was called up to cover for injuries to Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Jones hurt a hamstring Wednesday night and is day-to-day while Scott hurt his shoulder over the weekend and is expected to return to the lineup soon.
Reimold, listed at 6-4, 205 pounds by the Orioles, was a second-round choice of Baltimore in 2005 and had a break-out season in 2008 for Double-A Bowie hitting 25 home runs. He also performed well in spring training this spring, but the Orioles did not want to bring him up until they knew he could see some playing time.
Reimold hit .360 in 2005 for the Falcons with 20 home runs and 62 RBI. He had a slugging percentage of .770 that season helping the Falcons to a 33-18 record and a spot in the MAC Tournament. For his career, he hit .366 in 139 games with 34 home runs, fourth in school history, and 136 RBI.
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