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TUCSON, Ariz.—In his first big league camp, lefthanded reliever Matt Reynolds was the last of 12 pitchers to work in a Rockies intrasquad game. Reynolds made the most of it, retiring three batters on nine pitches and drawing praise from manager Jim Tracy.

"That's a neat arm," Tracy said of Reynolds, who is 6-foot-5. "That's a big man and back when we were having our meetings, people told me about his deception. I can see where the deception comes from because it's a big man with a very quick arm and a very tight, sharp breaking ball that out of the hand will buckle that lefthanded hitter just enough to where if he does swing, I know it won't be as good a swing as he wanted to get off."

Reynolds, 25, split last season between high Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, posting a 2.29 ERA with 17 walks and 87 strikeouts in 75 innings.

Reynolds has shown command to both sides of the plate in his three professional seasons, averaging two walks and nine strikeouts per nine innings with a fastball, slider, changeup and an extremely effective split-finger pitch.

Reynolds has benefited from watching big leaguers early in spring training, singling out how Aaron Cook threw batting practice.

"It was pretty neat to watch how pretty much everything he threw was like right where he wanted, bottom of the zone," Reynolds said. "You really start to understand consistency when you watch guys who have been getting it done in the big leagues. You can see their consistency, and you realize that's the point that you want to get to."

ROCKY ROADS

•  While throwing batting practice, star-crossed righthander Greg Reynolds was hit above the right elbow by a line drive that chipped a bone. But because the bone chip is not in the elbow joint, Reynolds does not need surgery and will be able to pitch when the significant soreness subsides.

• Seeking Triple-A depth, the Rockies signed lefthander Josh Muecke, 27, first baseman Brad Eldred, 29 and third baseman Travis Metcalf, 27.