Ailing Reynolds stays away from team

Ailing Reynolds stays away from team

SAN FRANCISCO -- Not only was Mark Reynolds out of the starting lineup Tuesday night, the D-backs' slugging third baseman was not even at the ballpark.

Reynolds, who had been experiencing flu-like symptoms throughout the club's time in Houston, was given an IV of fluids Tuesday. Reynolds missed Sunday's game against the Astros, and after the club arrived in San Francisco, he spent Monday's off-day in bed at the hotel.

D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said the club decided to have Reynolds stay back at the team hotel rather than take the chance that he could infect some of his teammates.

Reynolds told Hinch that he felt better Tuesday and was lobbying to be in the lineup Wednesday. Hinch said there was a 50-50 chance that Reynolds would be in the lineup, but did expect he would be at the ballpark Wednesday.

Chad Tracy started at third base in place of Reynolds on Tuesday. Having the slugger out of the lineup certainly hurts the Arizona offense. Reynolds' 38 homers are second only to Albert Pujols' 40 for the Major League lead.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.