Reimold underwent spinal surgery in 2012, and the suit claims that the outfielder was discharged and returned to the field before his bones were fully fused.
"Every game I played caused further injury," he said in the lawsuit.
Reimold didn't play after April 30 during the 2012 season but was back on the field for Opening Day in 2013, playing in 23 of his team's 27 games that April. He would go on to play just nine games after May 11 in 2013 and underwent a second surgery in July of that year.
Reimold saw just 69 at-bats between two teams last season. He signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles last offseason.
Four players were placed on the 15-day disabled list: infielder
Three players were sent to the minor leagues. LHP
"Nolan knows what the deal is. He'll start the season in Norfolk," manager Buck Showalter said. "We've got a lot of irons in the fire in the next 20 hours and we'll see what happens. It could change."
He signed a minor-league deal with the club in February and hit .340 with two home runs and nine RBI in 47 plate appearances this spring.
The 31-year-old is batting .333 with a .459 on-base percentage in 17 games. The left fielder has one homerun and six RBI this spring. What is more important than his stats, is the fact that he is healthy.
"This is Nolan before he got hurt, so far," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's playing without caution. … Even physically the eyeball test is better. He is doing everything everybody else is doing and then some. You can see it on his face how good he feels."
Reimold, drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft, has missed multiple seasons due to injuries throughout his career. Showalter talked about what Reimold has overcome and his resolve to stick with the game.
"This guy has had issues for three years, and some of it life-altering issues. The heck with getting ready to play baseball, how about being able to pick up your kids?" Showalter said. "One description of Nolan [is] soft? It's just the opposite. Most people would never have continued to do what he is doing with the things he's had."
"Look out," Showalter said. "He might be this year's Steve Pearce."
Pearce had yet to make a mark in the majors coming into 2014 but hit .293/.373/.556 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI in 338 at-bats with the Orioles last season. Reimold has more of a track record of success in five seasons with the Orioles than Pearce did before last year but struggled with two teams in 2014. However, Reimold has hit .296/.406/.444 with one home run and six RBI in 27 at-bats this spring after resigning a minor-league contract with the team in February.
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