DENVER — To the surprise of just about everyone, Colorado Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds made his return to the field on Wednesday afternoon. He went 0-for-2 on the day but the bigger story was that he was able to swing a bat at all just 20 days after fracturing his left hamate bone, requiring surgery.
In a corresponding move, Daniel Descalso was placed on the paternity leave list.
Reynolds spoke to BSN Denver just after the Rockies split doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers, saying “I wouldn’t be active right now if Danny didn’t go on the paternity list.” But the veteran first baseman was quick to assert that he believes he can be an asset.
“It’s healed up; the incision,” he says.
He admits the abrupt return could make it difficult for him to get back to the level he was at pre-injury. “I haven’t seen pitching in 20 days so it was tough to get my timing back,” he says. “There’s still a little bit of pain in there … I’m not going to injure it any more structurally, it’s just how much pain I can put up with.”
Reynolds has been put in a very tough situation out of the sheer dumb luck of horrendous timing. “It’s tough because I can’t really go to rehab because the minor league seasons are over,” he says. Which is true in addition to the Rockies being in desperate need of his services.
“Obviously, I want to get back out there,” he says in response to the club’s need for the value he brings. “But I’m not going to help the team if I’m not ready. I can go in and play defense and with the rosters expanding, I’ll just be another guy on the bench that Walt can use whenever he wants.” Today, the rosters expand to allow 40 active members, meaning that the team could use Reynolds almost exclusively on defense until he has fully recovered.
Reynolds says he always thought he would return this season. “I mean, four weeks is pretty typical,” he says. “I came back a little early. I’m just trying to manage the pain and be a defensive guy when they need me. I’m sure that Walt is going to use me in the best possible spots to succeed and I’ll just try to work my way back in there.”