After homerless April, Reynolds has no excuses

After homerless April, Reynolds has no excuses

NEW YORK -- Mark Reynolds wasn't in the starting lineup for the fifth time this season on Tuesday against the Yankees, and the Orioles infielder didn't try to sugarcoat why.

"I played myself to where I am," said Reynolds, who is coming off the first homerless April of his career. "I'm not producing, and therefore I'm not playing. It's the nature of the beast. And on top of that, we are having a really strong start and I don't think [manager Buck Showalter] is going to jeopardize the team in order to get one individual going."

While he's typically been a slow starter, the 28-year-old Reynolds acknowledged on Tuesday afternoon that his early-season struggles have never been quite this pronounced. He has three hits in his last 30 at-bats -- a span of 10 games -- and is striking out at an alarming clip, with 30 punchouts in 63 at-bats

"I can't put a finger on it," Reynolds said of his struggles at the plate, which he described as a combination of hitting the ball right at fielders and getting behind in the count. "But then again, I can't miss the mistakes, either, which I'm missing. It's just a big bunch ... put together that's contributing to my struggles right now. But I'll bounce back."

Showalter, who met with Reynolds on Tuesday afternoon and has discussions with him frequently, said that Reynolds will start on Wednesday and continue to be a regular fixture in the lineup.

"I'm not frustrated at him, I'm frustrated for him because I know he's capable of better," Showalter said of Reynolds, who led the Orioles in home runs (37), RBIs (86), runs (84) and walks (75) last season after getting off to a slow start. "This is not some road that he hasn't gone down before, but he's better. And he will find it and get it going, and people won't be able to get him out for a while. And he'll do some really good things for us -- hopefully starting tomorrow."