Back On The Mound





TUCSON, ARIZ.—After his first bullpen session, righthander Greg Reynolds was upbeat. He was anticipating the future and no longer burdened by the past.

"It feels like I'm over the hump, except for the intensity factor," Reynolds said. "It's always kind of hard to keep your adrenaline down with a hitter in there."

Reynolds made his initial 2009 start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, then never threw another pitch all season. After seeing a succession of doctors, Reynolds visited Dr. Ben Kibler, a scapula specialist in Lexington, Ky. On Oct. 27, Kibler removed scar tissue underneath Reynolds' right scapula. Reynolds' rhomboid muscle was irritating the area, and Kibler detached and reattached it in a slightly different spot.

"He assured me afterward, 'You wouldn't have been right unless we went in there and fixed that.' " Reynolds said.

The Rockies are ecstatic Reynolds, 24, the second player taken in the 2006 draft, came to spring training ready to compete without restrictions. All of which has Reynolds optimistically eying the 2010 season, which he's scheduled to begin at Colorado Springs.

"I feel really good about it," Reynolds said. "It's a thing where I finally can throw correctly and can start working on the things I need to do to be successful, rather than wondering how I'm going to feel or if it's going to hurt. That's in the past.

"I feel like I don't need to second-guess myself as to whether I'm healthy or not. I'm to the point now where I can just focus on things I need to work on and go from there."

Reynolds attended a mini-camp in early February at the Rockies' complex in the Dominican Republic, where he twice threw live batting practice.

"Coming into this spring I'm right where I need to be," Reynolds said, "and right where I normally would be coming into in any spring training without any health problems."

ROCKY ROADS

• Shortstop Hector Gomez was participating fully, unlike last spring when he was rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery in his first big league camp.

• Eight minor leaguers dress in an overflow area behind the trainers' room. That won't happen in 2011 with the Rockies move to Scottsdale, Ariz., where the big league clubhouse will include 68 lockers.