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Orioles' Reimold will have surgery on neck

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Nolan Reimold's season is likely over.

The Baltimore Orioles' promising left fielder will undergo surgery to remove a bulging disk from his neck, fusing two vertebrae together, to alleviate pressure on a nerve that had sidelined him since April 30.

Reimold, 28, will undergo surgery on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The surgery, Reimold said, is similar to the procedure NFL quarterback Peyton Manning underwent last year.

Reimold didn't close the door on a return this season.

He had a pair of epidural injections since going on the disabled list on April 30, but numbness and a lack of strength in his neck and shoulder continued to keep him sidelined.

The Orioles don't have a replacement in the organization. With Reimold out, the Orioles have used a series of players. With right fielder Nick Markakis also on the disabled list, likely for another two weeks at least, the club could seek options outside of the organization to help boost the offense.
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