Hinch holds Reynolds out of D-backs' lineup
Third baseman bothered by sore right quadriceps
LOS ANGELES -- A.J. Hinch knew he would be in for a battle, so the D-backs manager made up his mind early in the day that third baseman Mark Reynolds and his ailing right quadriceps would not be in the lineup against the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
"I didn't leave it up for any sort of interpretation," Hinch said. "I made my mind up before I got to the ballpark that he wasn't going to play. I don't know if he'll play [Wednesday]."
Reynolds was removed from Monday's game in the ninth inning when he was clearly limping while running to first on a single.
"I feel fine," Reynolds said Tuesday.
The D-backs third baseman was bothered by a similar problem earlier this season when he injured the quad running into a railing while chasing a foul ball. Reynolds took a day off April 21 and had a team off-day April 22, as well, which seemed to help the injury heal. It occurred again about 10 days ago after he took a swing.
"This has been a constant battle," Hinch said. "I think he feels OK, but it's hard to watch him drag his leg around the bases, and I don't want anything massive to happen and lose him for a significant period of time. He does pride himself on being able to post every day, but eventually after a couple of months of on again, off again it worries me to the point where I don't feel comfortable playing him today."
If Reynolds gets Wednesday off as well, that would give him three straight days off, including Thursday's off-day for the team. The disabled list could also be a possibility.
"The only thing that is truly going to heal this is some time off," Hinch said. "Now there aren't very many breaks in the season. There's the All-Star break, which is four days, you have the potential of today, tomorrow and the off-day. I don't know. He wants to play. I want him to want to play. If we were that certain about something like that [putting him on the DL], we would have already done it earlier in the year or today."
Reliever Vasquez moving on from balk
LOS ANGELES -- One day after balking home the winning run in the ninth inning, D-backs reliever Esmerling Vasquez was looking to turn the page.
"It's a new day today," Vasquez said. "I'm ready for tonight."
With two strikes on the Dodgers' Blake DeWitt on Monday night, Casey Blake took a couple of hard steps down the third-base line and Vasquez flinched for the balk, as Blake came home with the game-winner.
"I'm thinking of striking a guy out," Vasquez said. "That's what I was focused on. I saw something moving [out of the corner of my eye]. I went to step off and I moved my left leg first. I balked. It happens."
It's a mistake the second-year player is unlikely to repeat.
"Especially with two out, the pitcher's really not paying a lot of attention to you, so anything you see out of the corner of your eye is going to get your attention," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "And that's what it looked like happened."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.