Pre-game notes: Mark Reynolds back in the starting lineup
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
May 28, 2012 | 5:20 PM
The Orioles are opening their three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip in Toronto tonight, beginning their three-game series against the Blue Jays here at the Rogers Centre.
Earlier today, the Orioles activated infielder Mark Reynolds from the disabled list and sent right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz to the DL with a left oblique strain.
Reynolds flew to Toronto today and arrived around 1 p.m. Today was scheduled to be his final day of a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie, but "it's a lot better playing here," Reynolds said.
For last year's Orioles home-run leader, the DL stint provided two purposes. One was the obvious -- recovering from his mild oblique strain. But it also gave Reynolds time to get away from his early-season struggles.
"Hopefully I can use this as a breath of fresh air and a fresh start and come back and contribute because their guys are playing well," Reynolds said before Monday's game. "I had a rough start and all that is definitely behind me and it's in the past.
"I kind of feel like it's Opening Day for me. It's a breath of fresh air. I think now I can relax and play and hopefully contribute out here and help these guys win some ball games."
Reynolds said the strain will be something he will have to maintain over the season. He has a heating pad over his side before batting practice.
"It's the first time I've ever hurt it, so it takes some getting used to, just having the confidence in it that it's better and just letting it go with no reservations," Reynolds said.
"It's actually a little earlier [than expected]. [Orioles shortstop] J.J. Hardy had it happen to him last year. He keeps messing with me, saying I was the first person in history to go on the DL with an oblique cramp. I've been here 30 minutes and I'm already getting it. It wasn't a bad one though. It was bad enough to where I couldn't play. Just the biggest thing is not having any doubts in my mind about it and just letting it fly."
Reynolds will be in tonight's lineup at the DH hitting eighth.