Greg Reynolds had to duck to get into his locker run cubicle at Great American Ball Park.
The 6'7" 28-year old right-handed pitcher from Pacifica, California arrived Sunday morning at the Reds' home to make the trip to San Francisco after the Reds complete the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati will make up the rained out July 4 game at Pac Bell Park against the Giants on Tuesday. Reynolds represents the extra player allowed by Major League Baseball rules for doubleheaders.
Reynolds had a bright future, dimmed by injury. He was the first pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2006 draft out of Stanford University. Reynolds made his debut with Colorado in 2008 after recovering from righ shoulder problems that limited him to eight starts at Tulsa in 2008. He made 13 starts for the Rockies in 2009, winning two of 10 decisions with a 8.13 ERA. In 2009 Reynolds made just on start. He began the 2010 season on Colorado's 60-day disabled list. Reynolds made three starts and 12 appearances in 2011 for Colorado, winning three games. He appeared in a game in Cincinnati on September 9, pitching a scoreless inning. His last big league appearance was a two-nning relief stint at Houston on September 25.
The Reds signed Reynolds to a minor league contract on December 18. He made 18 starts in Louisville and built a 10-2 record with a 2.54 ERA.
The Reds will make room on the roster for Reynolds.
Dusty Baker knows only what the reports say about Reynolds, who did not pitch in any big league exhibitions in Arizona.
"Reynolds lives five miles from my home in San Francisco. He's a smart kid," Baker said. "Sometimes it takes a while to figure out. He is not a hard thrower but you don't have to be a hard thrower. Look at Bronson (Arroyo). There are a lot of hard throwers that can't get anybody out. I used to prefer hard throwers because they were just that, throwers. Now if you have a hard thrower who can pitch, you've got something."