8/29/2014 10:10 P.M. ET
D-backs add Reimold to roster, release Paul
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- The D-backs added outfielder Nolan Reimold to the roster Friday and released outfielder Xavier Paul.
Reimold, 30, was claimed off waivers by the D-backs on Thursday from the Blue Jays.
Originally drafted by the Orioles in the second round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Reimold played parts of five seasons in Baltimore. In 2013 he spent a large part of the season recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 1 this year.
Claimed by the Blue Jays, Reimold hit .212 in 60 plate appearances before Toronto placed him on waivers.
"It was kind of a whirlwind," Reimold said of this season. "I changed teams for the second time now this year and the second time in my career, too. A lot of packing, moving and learning new names and doing all that kind of stuff."
Reimold had to have the same surgery on his neck twice, a procedure similar to what NFL quarterback Peyton Manning had.
"It's a been a long, very long recovery," he said. "I wished I'd knocked it out in one surgery, but I ended up having to get it corrected. Those two things and I had everything that goes along with it with the arm and that sort of thing. It takes a long time to get back. I've come a long way and I'm ready to get started again and restart my career."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he envisioned using Reimold much like Paul -- as a pinch-hitter with an occasional start in left field.
D-backs expect injured players back starting Monday
PHOENIX -- The D-backs expect to get a host of players back from the disabled list when rosters expand on Monday.
Outfielders Cody Ross and A.J. Pollock, as well as shortstop Chris Owings and right-hander Daniel Hudson, are among those who could be activated Monday or soon thereafter.
That will give the D-backs a logjam of outfielders and manager Kirk Gibson said he will rotate the players as best he can to spread the playing time around.
Since Pollock went on the disabled list June 1, Ender Inciarte has done a nice job of playing center in his absence. Fellow rookie David Peralta has also done well while getting consistent playing time.
"We've had some young kids come on the scene," Gibson said. "Ender has played very well and is really trending upward right now. He's been really good in the leadoff spot. Really understands that role there."
With Didi Gregorius getting playing time at short in Owings' absence, the team has had Owings play some second base during his Minor League rehab assignment with the idea of possibly pairing the two up the middle.
Veteran second baseman Aaron Hill has taken grounders at third in case the club wants to keep his bat in the lineup while also playing Gregorius and Owings.
Hudson, who has been out since 2012 due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries, will be used as a reliever in September with the goal being to get him four to six appearances.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.