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Monday, January 13, 2014

Diamondbacks' Matt Reynolds resumes throwing, late 2014 possible


By on 1/13/2014 07:00:00 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Matt Reynolds had Tommy John surgery in September after hitting the disabled list in June of 2013, ending his season. He will most likely miss more than half of 2014 as well. He has, though, taken the first steps in his recovery: he has resumed throwing lightly as CBS Sports.com's R.J. White reports. The Diamondbacks tweeted the news on January 13, including a link to a short video of Reynolds playing catch.
Reynolds went on the 60-day disabled list on June 10 due to a sprained UCL ligament in his left elbow and ended up needing the surgery in September. He is currently one of twenty-two players still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he is expected back late in the season.

Reynolds was 0-2 with a 3.58 ERA, 2 saves, and a 1.098 WHIP in 30 relief appearances before his injury, the only one of his four-year career so far. Overall, he is 5-5, 3.58 ERA, 2 saves, and 1.259 WHIP in 195 appearances, all in relief. In 2013, he was better against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .226 average as opposed to a .262 average the left-handed hitters had off him.

According to White, the Diamondbacks hope to have Reynolds back for the end of the season to get him some work, but they could also have him wait until 2015 to avoid extra strain on his elbow too early.

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