CINCINNATI -- When the Cincinnati Reds brought up Greg Reynolds to take injured Tony Cingrani's spot in the rotation, Reynolds knew it would be a two-start deal -- and that the second would be against his former team.
Reynolds took a tough-luck loss Sunday against Milwaukee. He'll get another turn Saturday at Colorado. The Rockies drafted Reynolds second overall in 2006, and he made his major league debut with Colorado in 2008. He's looking forward to the return visit.
"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Reynolds told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I still have some good friends over there, but as for the whole history part, I'm just trying to take it as another start. I'm trying not to look at it and make it a big deal or make it bigger than it needs to be. The business side of the game, you see it every day here, trades or whatnot, so I'm not going to try to blow it out of proportion or anything, I'm just going to try to take it as another start."
Reynolds, a 28-year-old right-hander, allowed two runs in six innings Sunday, keeping his team in the game. It was a better performance than he had in his only previous outing for the Reds, when he gave up five runs in five innings during a July 23 start against San Francisco. After that outing, he was returned to the minors with the left-handed Cingrani called up.
"I was definitely happier than the previous one, but I still have room for improvement," Reynolds said. "I'd like to throw more strikes and definitely more first-pitch strikes, but overall I stayed out of the big inning and really limited some damage and made some big pitches when I needed to (against Milwaukee)."
Reynolds earned the two call-ups this season by pitching extremely well for Triple-A Louisville, where he was 12-3 with a 2.42 ERA.