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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Greg Reynolds Plays Geico For Reds

The Reds don't know how Tony Cingrani is going to respond to treatment.

Cingrani the Reds' rookie lefthander, who is already in the rotation because of an injury, may not be able to make his scheduled Sunday start against Milwaukee.  Cingrani made an early exit from his start Tuesday with a strained lower back.

Greg Reynolds pitched for the Reds in San Francisco when the Reds played a makeup game on the coast.

The Reds brought him to Cincinnati in case Cingrani is not available.

"He's our guy if Cingrani can't go.  We will make that decision probably tonight after we see how his treatment goes," Dusty Baker said.  "If he starts tomorrow, Reynolds could be here to make the next start.  We can't really afford for something to happen to Cingrani and he has a short outing.  We don't want to use up our bullpen going into St. Louis."

Reynolds has made 21 starts in Louisville and has fashioned a 12-3 record with a 2.42 ERA.  His last start was a complete game win over Rochester that stopped a 12-game losing streak for the Bats.

His regular turn would be Sunday.

"I'll be ready if they call my name for sure," Reynolds said.  "We are all about routines.  Sometimes when you have an extra day off you're not as sharp."

The game near his hometown was filled with adrenaline and off-field distractions.

"I will be a little more comfortable this time," Reynolds said.  "Just from having met the guys.  In San Francisco things were moving a little fast in that first inning.  I don't anticipate that will be an issue again.  There will be some adrenaline but I'm sure I'll be able to handle it just fine.  There was a lot of other stuff that went along with that start.  Family was there.  There were a lot of friends coming out to the game.  There was definitely a lot of stuff going on."

Reynolds allowed three first-inning runs in his July 23 start against the Giants in the second game of a doubleheader.  He finished five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk.  He also hit a batter that caused his first inning to go sour on him.

Reynolds, a 28-year old 6'7" righthanded pitcher from Stanford University,  was the first pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2006.  He was the second player taken overall in that draft.

Shoulder problems derailed his career.

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