BALTIMORE -- A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold alleging negligent medical care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Reimold has undergone two spinal fusion surgeries.
The suit alleges that Reimold was cleared too quickly to resume baseball activities following his first procedure, which took place in June 2012. Neurosurgeon Ziya Gokaslan discharged Reimold the following January, according to the complaint, without any activity restrictions before his neck bones were fused.
"I was under the impression that everything was fused. Dr. Gokaslan released me to full play without any activity restrictions, and told me I was good to play and work out. I did my best to get back on track. I had no idea that every game I played caused me further injury because my bones weren't fused," Reimold said in a statement.
"Nolan's injuries and subsequent absence from the game were entirely avoidable," his attorney, Hassan Murphy, said. "Unfortunately, because Dr. Gokaslan discharged Nolan before his bones were fully fused, his career took a turn for the worse, and he missed valuable time when he could have been playing at the highest level."
Reimold was one of the O's last cuts in camp this spring. He is currently with Triple-A Norfolk.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.