7/6/2014 8:34 P.M. ET
Reimold claimed off waivers from Orioles
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays claimed outfielder Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Orioles on Sunday morning.
Reimold began his big league career with quite a bit of hype but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. The 30-year-old has been limited to 56 games since the start of 2012 and underwent a pair of consecutive season-ending neck surgeries that threatened his career.
Toronto has decided to take a chance on the corner outfielder because of his potential with the bat. Reimold has 41 homers and a .766 OPS in 936 career at-bats in the Majors.
"He'll get a lot of playing time, see what he is," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "His big thing is staying healthy, he's had trouble doing that over his career. He'll get playing time."
Reimold has yet to be officially placed on the 25-man roster but he is expected to join the club within the next couple of days. Outfielder Brad Glenn was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
As the claiming club, Toronto must pick up what remains of Reimold's $1.025 million salary for this season, which is roughly $500,000. Reimold was reinstated from the disabled list last week and the club tried to find a trade partner before placing him on waivers.
Baltimore didn't have room for Reimold in a crowded outfield that has Delmon Young, Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz in addition to center fielder Adam Jones. The Blue Jays won't have that same problem especially after Edwin Encarnacion suffered a right quadriceps injury Saturday night.
Reimold could see some time in a corner outfield position with the Blue Jays and also has the potential to become the club's new starting DH. Reimold has almost identical splits vs. left-handers and right-handers with a .252 career average to go along with 126 RBIs.
"We'll see what he is," Gibbons said. "Here's his opportunity, there wasn't a spot for him over there in Baltimore, they have Cruz, Delmon Young, he'll come here and help us out. Maybe he'll remember their signs."
MRI reveals right quad strain for Encarnacion
OAKLAND -- Edwin Encarnacion says he has been diagnosed with a Grade II strain of his right quadriceps muscle.
Encarnacion said that he hopes the injury takes a couple of weeks to heal.
The injury is a serious setback for the Blue Jays organization but the diagnosis is still rather positive because a severe strain or tear likely would have meant his season would have been over.
"I'm going to keep doing my work with the team and we'll decide what we're going to do later," Encarnacion said. "Whether I go to Florida or stay with the team."
Encarnacion confirmed that he will skip this week's All-Star Game in Minnesota to focus on his recovery. He'll receive treatment in the coming days and an extensive rehab program will be created once the initial pain has subsided.
The injury has left the Blue Jays scrambling to deal with yet another player that will be out of action. The club is already without the services of infielder Brett Lawrie while Jose Bautista (left hamstring) and Adam Lind (right foot) are still not 100 percent.
Bautista had been limited to starting at DH for the past week but he started at first base Sunday afternoon. The line of thinking is that first will be easier on his hamstring and it also keeps Lind off his feet for most of the game.
"If it's better suited for me to be at third, or first, for the time being, given all the injuries and stuff that's going on, even if I am able to go to right field, I'll take it wherever I can," Bautista said. "I just want to make sure I do whatever I can to put the team in the best position to win."