2013 is not ending that well for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now it appears 2014 is off to a rocky start. Lefty reliever Matt Reynolds, who has not pitched since June 9th because of a partially torn UCL, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on September 24th. According to Tyler Emerick of MLB.com, Reynolds appeared to be close to returning to the team but experienced discomfort in his elbow during a simulated game last Thursday. Now we may not see Matty again until 2015.
When he was healthy, Reynolds was the best member of the D-Backs bullpen. He held opponents scoreless until May 12th, a span that covered almost 25 innings over 19 games. When the Snakes were playing all of those early extra inning games, it was Reynolds who was called upon to close a couple of those games. Like the rest of the bullpen, he gave up his share of big hits but his were few and far between. At the time of his injury, Reynolds was 0-2 with a 1.98 ERA. He pitched in 30 games, covering 27 1/3 innings, giving up 25 hits, 6 earned runs, walking 5 and striking out 23.
While his time in Arizona has been short, Matt Reynolds left a great impression on the team. He is not scheduled to become a free agent until 2017 so we may see him again in a D-Backs uniform. Although he will miss significant time, his acquisition from the Colorado Rockies for Ryan Wheeler was one of Kevin Towers’s better moves.
Get well soon, Matt.