Greg Reynolds stood in front of his locker at Great American Ball Park before Sunday’s game, a 3-2 Reds loss to the Pirates, and if you didn’t know his face, you wouldn’t have known he was. He didn’t have a Reds uniform yet, and no nameplate adorned his locker.
Of course, the Reds front office knows who he is, and that’s why he was in Cincinnati. Reynolds, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound right-hander who last pitched in the big leagues two years ago with the Rockies, will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start one of the games of the doubleheader Tuesday in San Francisco.
Reynolds, 28, said it would be the second game, but manager Dusty Baker said he didn’t know yet what game it would be. Tony Cingrani is slated to start the other.
Reynolds likely doesn’t care what game he starts. He’s just glad to be back in the majors.
“I think it’s more gratifying this time around,” he said. “I definitely had to fight my way to get back. I’m excited about this opportunity, and I’m glad the Reds are giving it to me, and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”
A second-round pick by the Rockies in 2006, Reynolds made his big league debut in 2008, going 2-8 with an 8.13 ERA with 13 starts. He started three games in 2011 and appeared in 10 more and was 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA.
The Reds signed Reynolds in the offseason. He was 10-2 with a 2.54 ERA with Louisville. He said he’s more of a pitcher now than the hard thrower he was when he first made the majors.
“My fastball’s not what it was coming out of college,” Reynolds said. “I definitely need to pitch more, execute better and just hit them with a steady mix and try to keep them off balance. I’ve learned how to use the whole repertoire of pitches.
“The sinker’s been good, and I also cut the ball, too. Those play off each other well. There’s a couple guys in this clubhouse who already do that kind of stuff with Bronson (Arroyo) and (Mike) Leake. It was just nice to be with an organization that’s seen guys like me.”
Ludwick to Dayton: Ryan Ludwick will begin a rehab assignment with the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday. The Dragons begin a three-game series at Lansing on Wednesday.
Manager Dusty Baker said earlier Sunday that Ludwick would play with whatever Reds minor league team was at home, but Single-A Dayton, Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville are all on the road. The Dragons return home on Sunday.
Ludwick’s rehab will likely last longer than most because he hasn’t played since dislocating his shoulder on Opening Day.
“You don’t want to come in and struggle,” Baker said. “We want you to come in and be yourself.”
Another sellout: The Reds sold out their 11th game of the season on Sunday with a crowd of 40,824, leaving them four short of tying the stadium record with 31 regular-season home games remaining.
Hot and not: Joey Votto walked in the first inning Sunday and has reached base in 32 straight games and in 91 of 98 games this season. … J.J. Hoover threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday and has not allowed a run in his last 12 appearances and 15 innings. … Jay Bruce went 0-for-11 in the three games against the Pirates with six strikeouts. He hit safely in seven of the last nine games before the All-Star break.