LOS ANGELES -- Rockies right-hander Greg Reynolds admits his new job description takes some getting used to, but he's putting all of his effort into excelling at it.
With no spot available in the rotation -- the Rockies have their quintet, Aaron Cook will rejoin the rotation in early June after an injury, and Esmil Rogers is not far from returning from an injury -- Reynolds has been converted to long relief.
Reynolds went 1-0 in two starts earlier this season and had thrown well in two of three relief outings in the last week.
"It's just nice to be able to contribute in any way, whether that's out of the bullpen or as a starter, the ultimate role for me is to help the team in any way I can," Reynolds said. "It's definitely different. I still consider myself a starter more than a reliever, but we need a guy who can throw multiple innings out of the bullpen. If I'm the best guy for the job right now, so be it."
Manager Jim Tracy said he has no problem with the self-assessment of Reynolds, the club's No. 1 Draft choice and the second overall pick in 2006 out of Stanford. But Tracy impressed upon Reynolds, who succeeds by mixing pitches and speeds, is more valuable and could be more valuable in the future if he demonstrates versatility.
Plus, the sudden calls to action could make him a better pitcher.
Reynolds went 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run in a 12-4 victory over the D-backs on May 24, after Jorge De La Rosa left early with a season-ending elbow injury. Reynolds gave up three runs and three hits in a 15-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday. He pitched well again Monday, striking out three in two innings of a 7-1 loss to the Dodgers.
"If you narrow it down to that and you don't have a much broader scope and you're not thinking about things that are unnecessary and can perform, then maybe it makes him better," Tracy said. "He's been pretty good in the times that we've called upon him."
Reynolds said his desire to start does not outweigh his desire to contribute.
"It's not really my decision to make. I'd like to be a starter, but I'm not going to interfere with the direction of this team," Reynolds said. "If I end up starting, that's great. Right now, this is the role I'm in and going to put everything into this role."