The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without Matt Reynolds for the next six weeks and possibly longer. The left-handed reliever was diagnosed with a slight tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will be shut down for at least the next six weeks. The injury will land him on the DL, but there is still hope that he can avoid surgery.
#Dbacks LHP Matt Reynolds as a slight tear in his UCL. Will be shutdown for six weeks and then begin throwing program. Will get 2nd opinion.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) June 12, 2013
Reynolds is in his first season with the Diamondbacks after spending the last three years with the Rockies. He last pitched on June 9th when he went one inning, allowed two hits, and allowed one run in the Diamondbacks' loss to the San Francisco Giants.
This season, Reynolds has a 1.98 ERA in 30 appearances. Being a lefty reliever who can dominate is a commodity the Diamondbacks can ill-afford to lose, but if Reynolds can avoid surgery, the team should see him again this season. Unfortunately, UCL tears - even slight ones - tend to lead to Tommy John surgery pretty quickly.
Arizona is 36-29 this season. They hold a one game lead over the Colorado Rockies and a two game lead over the Giants. They will need all the help they can get to hold off both charging clubs. Losing Reynolds will hurt in the long run, but again he may be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
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