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Nolan Reimold was claimed by the Blue Jays on Sunday. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP/Files)

Nolan Reimold was claimed by the Blue Jays on Sunday. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP/Files)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

ANAHEIM - There are few more important things in life than timing, as Nolan Reimold has discovered. After battling back from a crippling neck injury the past two years, trying to revive his career, he found that time had run out in Baltimore, at about the same moment that an opportunity opened up for him in Toronto.

Reimold was a promising player just starting to come into his own with the Orioles in 2012 when he somersaulted into the stands trying to catch a foul ball early in the season during a game in Chicago. Life and baseball hasn’t been the same since then.

Reimold started the 2012 season as Baltimore’s starting leftfielder, hitting .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in his first 16 games, but after taking that tumble, he soon found out he would need surgery to repair a herniated disc.

“I flipped into the stands real hard, quick and violent,” said Reimold Monday, just after arriving in the Blue Jays clubhouse for his first game with his new team.


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