Rockies get fourth option on Reynolds
The Colorado Rockies learned they will get a fourth minor league option for pitcherbecause he was injured in 2009 and didn’t get 60 days of active service. The fourth option wasn’t granted until after the 2010 season, when the Rockies used their third, but as it turned out not final, option on Reynolds.
He began the 2009 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, started and pitched 4 1/3 innings the first day of the season and never pitched again due to a scapula problem. On Oct. 27, 2009, Reynolds underwent exploratory surgery in Lexington, Ky., where Dr. Ben Kibler, a scapula specialist removed scar tissue underneath Reynolds’ right scapula or shoulder blade. Reynolds’ rhomboid muscle was irritating the area, and Kibler detached and reattached it in a slightly different spot. Reynolds said Kibler told him had Reynolds not had the surgery, he would not have been able to pitch.
Reynolds threw very well at the outset of spring training but on March 1 in his second batting practice session, he was hit with a line drive just above the right elbow. He suffered a nasty bruise and chipped bone but was fortunate the latter wasn’t in the joint area where it would have affected Reynolds’ ability to pitch.
Reynolds was sidelined three weeks and essentially had to start spring training over when he was cleared to pitch. He finally made his 2010 debut May 8 at high Class A Modesto and after two very good starts moved up to Double-A Tulsa. He went 7-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 17 starts for the Drillers. Reynolds stumbled in a five-inning outing the final day of the season, but in six previous starts went 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA and six walks and 20 strikeouts in 38 innings.
After missing virtually all of 2009, Reynolds pitched 100 2/3 innings this year. He’s 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA in four starts for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, and his fastball velocity, which was solid average during the regular season has dropped slightly. Given his extended 2010 season following last year’s layoff, that’s not surprising.