Last night in Toronto, Mark Reynolds made his return to the Orioles lineup after a DL stint and minor league rehab in Bowie and he went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk. As O’s fans know, a walk is huge for the free swinging Orioles slugger.
I’ve always been accused of being a Reynolds apologist simply for my opinion that the Orioles need to keep his bat in the lineup. The power that he can provide is too valuable to pass up.
Who knows if Reynolds really suffered an oblique injury or if the O’s decided to give him a couple weeks off to clear his head. The DL stint was the first of his career and Baltimore signed veteran Miguel Tejada to put some heat on him and hopefully provide some depth if his early season struggles continued.
Though one game isn’t nearly enough to draw any conclusions from, I was impressed with what I saw from Reynolds against Drew Hutchison last night. He seemed to be the only person in the Baltimore lineup that showed any patience against a 22-year-old starter with 5+ ERA and had the only multi-hit night.