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."