For the Colorado Rockies, a tough week may have just gotten a whole lot tougher with the potential loss of Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds, signed in the offseason by the Rockies, left Thursday’s win over the Texas Rangers with an injury to his left hand. While initial X-rays were inconclusive, it looks as if Reynolds may have an injury to his hamate bone. If that’s the case, his season could be over.
The Rockies headed to Philadelphia on Thursday night to prepare for a weekend three-game series against the Phillies. While in Philadelphia, Reynolds is scheduled to undergo an MRI to see the amount of damage that’s been sustained.
Reynolds told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post that the hand has been hurting him for “a couple of weeks.” However, a swing and miss in Arlington could’ve been the final thing to push the injury to the point of no return. Recovery from a broken hamate bone is estimated at six to nine weeks, meaning the end of the 33-year-old’s season.
The hamate bone has claimed its share of Rockies in recent years, with Troy Tulowitzki breaking his when he was hit by a pitch in 2010 and prospect Tim Wheeler broke his on a swing in 2012. Wheeler seemed to be on a fast track to the Majors before suffering his injury but was never able to overcome the its effects. He left the Rockies after spending the 2015 season in Albuquerque.
What does this mean for Colorado?
If Reynolds is done for the season, it will be a big blow for the Rockies. His loss will be felt on offense and in the field as well.
Reynolds totaled 12 homers and 50 RBI in 361 at-bats this season, posting a .283 average. In his last seven games, Reynolds was batting .417. He was 2-for-2 at the plate in Thursday’s matinee against the Rangers before having to leave the game.
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On defense, Reynolds has become a defensive stalwart for the Rockies at first base. His defensive abilities seemed to surprise the Rockies, including Walt Weiss, who admitted after a game in San Diego he didn’t expect Reynolds to be as good at defense as he was.
For Mark Reynolds, defense was something he told me he took great pride in.
“(Trevor) Story’s going to win a gold glove some day and DJ and Nolan already have them. Something I take pride in is helping them out from getting stupid errors on a low throw or something like that,” Reynolds said. “I take pride in that kind of stuff. When I was a third baseman, I’d love it when a first baseman would pick one of my throws. I’ve been on the other side so I try to help them out as much as I can.”
MRI results will reveal all on Friday. However, the Rockies could well be looking at another solid presence on the infield on the shelf until 2017.