The Baltimore Orioles placed outfield Nolan Reimold on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, calling up Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk to take his roster spot, the team announced on Saturday.
Reimold has not played in a game since last Saturday, so the team made his DL stint retroactive to May 12. The right hamstring strain is not a new injury, as Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media that the injury has bothered Reimold since Spring Training. Showalter said that Reimold could be ready to return when he is eligible on May 27, but the team is not sure how long he will need to recover.
The injury has appeared to bother Reimold throughout the season, as the right-handed hitters has struggled offensively in 2013. Reimold, who has received the majority of the starts at designated hitter this season for Baltimore, hit .188/.257/.327 in his first 113 plate appearances. Reimold has been a solid hitter for the Orioles when healthy, but has battled injury issues throughout his career; the outfielder underwent season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last season.
Baltimore is recalling Arrieta to give the team some flexibility and options out of the bullpen. Arrieta struggled in four starts earlier in the season for the Orioles, posting a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings. The team is unsure if Freddy Garcia will start on Monday or if Miguel Gonzalez can start on Tuesday, so Arrieta may receive one of those starts instead.