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D-backs add Reimold to roster, release Paul

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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.

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.

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