After an awkward swing on an inside fastball in the seventh inning of this afternoon’s contest against the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies’ first baseman Mark Reynolds suffered a yet unknown injury and had to be removed from the game.
Reynolds has been the only true first baseman on the Rockies roster since the team relegated Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Albuquerque. If Reynolds is going to miss some time, Paulsen may need to be recalled or the team might look to Jordan Patterson as a higher upside option. Patterson would need to be added to the 40-man roster though which introduces additional complications.
Cristhian Adames was the immediate replacement.
We will have an update as soon as we know the nature and extent of the injury and if any subsequent moves need to be made.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post and Thomas Harding of MLB.com are reporting that Reynolds will go on the Disabled List with an injury to his left hamate bone. While initial X-rays are inconclusive, if the bone is broken Reynolds is done for the season leaving the Rockies in quite a bind at first base as we’ve just laid out.
If it is that serious, though, Reynolds can be placed on the 60-day DL which gives the Rockies extra flexibility to add to the 40-man roster which could mean the debut of Jordan Patterson. Stay tuned to BSN Denver for more as this develops.