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."