TORONTO -- Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds met with manager Buck Showalter earlier this week because the 28-year-old Reynolds wants to win, and he wanted Showalter to know that he's up for any role that helps the club do that.
Reynolds has struggled in the early part of the season, committing two errors in five games at third base, and he entered Saturday's game -- his second start at designated hitter -- batting .143 with no homers and two RBIs. While he is typically a slow starter at the plate -- he had similar struggles last April -- Reynolds' defense has been a sore spot, particularly given all the work he put into strengthening that part of his game this offseason.
Showalter said Friday that Reynolds could start to be used in different spots, including first base, and Reynolds took some ground balls there during Saturday's batting practice. He is unsure what the plan is, but Reynolds said he came forward and initiated the talk with Showalter because he wanted him to know he was on board.
"I told him that we have a good group of guys, a good team, and I told him whatever I can do to help this team win is what I'm all about," Reynolds said. "I don't want him to feel obligated to put me somewhere he doesn't think it's either best for me or best for the team or best for everybody to succeed."
"However we choose to use him, he's in," Showalter said. "So it's good to hear."
Wilson Betemit got his second consecutive start at third on Saturday, fresh off a go-ahead two-out RBI double in the eighth inning of Friday's win. While Showalter is well aware how it's being perceived by not penciling Reynolds back in at third, he said Saturday's it's about what lineup he thinks is best for the Orioles.
"It's just, 'OK, what's the best way for us to win a baseball game?" Showalter said. "They are all going to contribute in some form or fashion in a series or in a week or what have you. It bodes well for our morale if we can keep [Reynolds] in the presentation we make to win baseball games. We have to keep that mentality."
Reynolds, who reminded reporters that he played the outfield when he first came up with Arizona and has two career games at second base, said the last few games won't change his work ethic or mindset.
"I'll keep working everywhere, be ready to go wherever [Showalter] puts me," Reynolds said. "It's good that we don't have a set DH this year; we got a lot of guys that can play a lot of positions. So I'm sure he's going to rotate that a lot and put guys in positions where he feels they have the best chance to succeed."