Nolan Reimold is off to a blistering start in double-A Bowie, but you'll have to forgive him if he sounds a bit frustrated.
The 23 year old outfielder is sporting an impressive .329/.365/.571 batting line, but he is currently on the disabled list with his second oblique injury of the season.
"I got off to a pretty good start; that's why this is so frustrating. I was seeing the ball well and hitting the ball well and then, all of a sudden, this happens," Reimold told Inside The Warehouse.
"I think I was out like 12 games [originally]."
Although Reimold waited patiently for his oblique to heal, he was the happiest player in the lineup when he was finally allowed to come back on May 9th. The next day, however, was a different story. In his first at bat, he struck out swinging. That wasn't what worried him, though.
"I put a bad swing on a ball and re-aggravated it again."
Now, he's back on the same rehab program that he was earlier.
"The most important thing is just time. I do some icing every day, but you just have to wait until it's ready to come back. It just takes time."
Despite the setback, Reimold shows no signs of backing down. This is his first season facing double-A pitchers, but that doesn't seem to mean much to him.
"It's not like they throw any harder or anything like that. They work you a little different, maybe a little more off-speed [pitches]. They might pitch you differently in different counts. It's nothing I couldn't adjust to."
With the numbers he has put up in the first month of the season, it's clear that adjusting to a new level of pitching has been no problem for the talented outfielder. Instead, his battle is just getting back on the field.
"It's just going to take a little time. I'll come back and pick up where I left off, hopefully."
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com