PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks liked Matt Reynolds so much in their brief time together last season that they signed him to a one-year contract with an option for 2015 to avoid arbitration, even though he is unlikely to pitch much if at all this season.
Left-hander Reynolds underwent Tommy John surgery on Sept. 24, and the recovery period for that surgery is usually about 12 months, give or take. He is to make $550,000 next season and $600,000 in 2015.
“I’m not really sure on a timetable, just working at my rehab right now,” Reynolds said via text message.
Reynolds, acquired from Colorado for infielder Ryan Wheeler last offseason, was a valuable piece of the D-backs’ bullpen in the first half of the season, going 0-2 with two saves and a 1.98 ERA in 30 appearances. He had consecutive saves in San Francisco on April 23-24 and was not scored upon in his first 19 outings through May 11 while striking out 16 and walking one in 17 2-3 innings.
After feeling soreness in a game in St. Louis, Reynolds was placed on the disabled list June 10 with a strained elbow and attempted to rehab the injury. He felt pain while throwing late in the season, and a second opinion indicated surgery was necessary. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation in Pensacola, Fla.
Reynolds, 29, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.
He is in Phoenix working with the D-backs’ training staff and plans to stay for several more weeks before returning home outside Nashville, Tenn.