Once again, it looks like the Colorado Rockies will be facing a revolving door at first base. This realization comes after Mark Reynolds broke a bone in his left hand on Sunday afternoon and will miss the rest of the 2016 season.
Reynolds was hit by a Jose Dominguez fastball in the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres. Reynolds was 1-for-2 on the day, hitting his 14th homer of the season off Jarred Cosart in the fourth inning.
The veteran first baseman had returned quickly from a broken hamate bone he suffered in early August. He went on the disabled list on August 12 and returned to action on August 31. In September, he batted .286.
He finishes the season with a .282 average, 14 homers and 53 RBI. The batting average is especially impressive, considering Reynolds is a .234 lifetime hitter. He also posted an OPS of .806 this season, above his lifetime average of .778.
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More than anything, Colorado will miss his defensive presence at first base. Reynolds solidified the position from a defensive standpoint, even surprising Colorado manager Walt Weiss with his defensive prowess early in the season. Read what Weiss said here.
With Reynolds out for the season, it’s expected that Gerardo Parra will continue to fill the void at first base. Parra entered the game at first after Reynolds exited on Sunday.
What happens with Reynolds and at first base for the Rockies in the offseason will be an interesting development to watch. The 33-year-old Reynolds was signed to a one-year contract in the offseason. With his solid season at the plate and in the field, it’s likely that Colorado will at least chase him during the offseason signing process.