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D-backs not rushing Reynolds back

D-backs not rushing Reynolds back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Matt Reynolds may yet return to the D-backs before the end of the regular season, though Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said there's no reason to rush him.

"I know we've talked about looking to get live hitters against him, but nothing is planned," Gibson said. "It's to be determined."

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Reynolds, who did not allow a run through his first 19 appearances, has been on the disabled list with a strained left elbow since June 10.

He's thrown a handful of bullpen sessions and is scheduled for a few more before the D-backs take the next step.

"We have different options with him," Gibson said. "We could move him into a controlled environment, like the Instructional League. There's been no decision made yet."

Reynolds (0-2, 1.98) allowed nine earned runs over his final 9 2/3 innings, giving up his only two home runs of the season on June 6. He made his final appearance on June 9 against the Giants.

When Reynolds is right, he's shown the ability to get hitters out whether they are right-handed or left-handed. In fact, he had better success against right-handers this season.

Right-hander J.J. Putz (dislocated right little finger) is rehabbing in Arizona and is following a throwing program. He's getting closer to throwing a bullpen session, but Gibson feels uncomfortable with him doing so with his injured finger taped.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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