Reynolds sits with bad quad
Third baseman out of Wednesday's lineup vs. Cards
PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds was not pleased about being out of the lineup Wednesday, but the D-backs' third baseman understood it was probably for the best.
Reynolds has been bothered by a sore right quadriceps muscle since he overextended on a swing during Spring Training.
Because the D-backs have a scheduled day off Thursday, by not playing Wednesday, Reynolds can have back-to-back days off to rest the quad.
"He's a tough guy, he'll answer the bell," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's been smart about it so far. We'll see if we can knock out some of the soreness the next two days."
Reynolds has earned a reputation in the clubhouse of playing through injury.
"If there wasn't an off day tomorrow I would be in A.J. 's office right now wanting to play," Reynolds said. "I talked to the trainers and they said two days in a row would do it some good."
Though Reynolds has been seen with the quad wrapped through the first two weeks of the season, the first time it looked as though it affected him on the field was Tuesday night when he slowed down rounding second while trying to score from first on Gerardo Parra's double.
Reynolds was tagged out at the plate.
"It wasn't comfortable by any means," Reynolds said of running on that play. "I didn't overextend it because I didn't want to hurt it any further and really be out. I was being pretty cautious. Hitting and fielding is all fine. It's just when I overextend and run it's pretty sore."
Snyder indifferent on Lee's non-suspension
PHOENIX -- Chris Snyder did not have much of a reaction to Major League Baseball's decision to rescind the suspension of Seattle left-hander Cliff Lee.
Lee had been suspended for five games after throwing inside on back-to-back pitches to Snyder after the pair had collided behind home plate during a Spring Training game on March 15.
After the second pitch, Snyder walked to the mound and the benches emptied although there were no punches thrown.
"At the time of it you're in the midst of a game and the guy runs a fastball hard in on you and the next one is at your head," Snyder said. "I felt I didn't overreact. I felt my reaction was to be expected by people in the same situation."
Lee has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season because of a lower abdominal strain suffered earlier during the same game in which he threw at Snyder.
John McHale Jr., MLB's executive vice president of administration, decided to rescind the suspension Tuesday, determining that the "the difficulties in recovering from foot surgery during the offseason, combined with the physical challenges created by your serious muscle strain" were proof enough to rescind the suspension and fine.
"Looking back now with a clear head maybe they did get away from him, maybe they didn't," Snyder said. "The decision to drop the suspension is not up to me and apparently, according to whoever the decision is up to, they felt the pitches were not thrown with a purpose so it's out of my hands."
Gillespie gets call to bigs
PHOENIX -- Outfielder Cole Gillespie was relaxing in his hotel room in Fresno at 11 on Wednesday night when he got a call from Triple-A Reno manager Brett Butler asking Gillespie to come up to his room.
"I just figured it was just another Bugsy one-on-one talk he likes to have with me," Gillespie said.
When he entered the room he noticed that farm director Mike Berger and Minor League coordinator Mike Bell were also there.
"They sit me down and asked me if I had a drug test in Spring Training and I said of course I did," Gillespie said. "They were like, 'is there anything you need to tell us? I'm like, I've got nothing to tell you, but you guys should probably tell me something.'"
In fact, they did as they finally let Gillespie know that he was headed to the big leagues for the first time.
Gillespie will take the place of left-handed reliever Jordan Norberto, who was optioned to Reno. The move returns the D-backs roster to 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
"It's unbelievable," Gillespie said. "It's what you dream of as a little kid and for it to happen, for it to come true, I'm just going to have fun with this day and enjoy it."
Gillespie will be used as the club's primary backup outfielder. Acquired last season from the Brewers in a deal that sent Felipe Lopez to Milwaukee, Gillespie impressed the staff this past spring.
"Cole's a good player," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's a very versatile outfielder. He's probably the most fundamentally sound outfielder that we have at least at the upper levels. I told him we're going to use him."
Gillespie will likely get a start Friday or Saturday against the Phillies and could spell Parra against tough left-handed pitchers.
D-backs without lefty in bullpen
PHOENIX -- The demotion of Jordan Norberto on Wednesday left the D-backs without a left-hander in their bullpen.
"We can get by," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "Ideally we'd love to have a lefty in there, but that lefty has to be able to throw strikes consistently."
That's something the immensely talented Norberto was not able to do in the three outings before his demotion. The rookie walked three in 1 2/3 innings over those outings.
"He knows if he's in the strike zone he's going to be here with us if he's not then it's hard to carry a guy," Hinch said. "We'll give him some more seasoning in the Minors, he'll be in Triple-A and we'll monitor it all the time because he has plenty of stuff to compete up here."
Lefty Clay Zavada, who was cut in favor of Norberto at the end of Spring Training, is not an option as he has been out with arm soreness for a week.
In the meantime, look for Aaron Heilman to get the call against tough left-handed hitters. Though he is a righty, Heilman has a history of being tougher against left-handed hitters than he is against righties thanks to his changeup.
"One of the right-handers will have to step up and get a lefty out," Hinch said. "That's OK. That's not the end of the world."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.