Clean X-ray has Reynolds set to face Rangers

Clean X-ray has Reynolds set to face Rangers

Clean X-ray has Reynolds set to face Rangers
ARLINGTON -- The X-ray that Mark Reynolds underwent on his left foot came back negative, and the Orioles' first baseman is expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's do-or-die American League Wild Card matchup against the Rangers at Texas, airing at 8:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

"This is nothing," said Reynolds, who has played through numerous injuries this year. "Especially this time of year, there's so much on the line. Just the adrenaline and everything is going to figure into it.

Reynolds, who fouled a ball off the bone near his big toe in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay, came up hopping and in obvious pain, but he remained in the game. Reynolds played in 135 regular-season games, hitting the disabled list once with a left oblique strain but playing through biceps and hand injuries as well.

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Asked how he's able to play through pain, Reynolds said: "I don't steal bases, so there's none of that part. I don't play the outfield, so I don't have to run very much. It's just a mental thing. You go out there, put it out of your head and you compete. That's how athletes are. We are competitors, and you go out there and have fun. Coupled with how big this game is, I'm pretty sure I won't even feel my foot."

Reynolds batted .221 with a .335 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage this season, hitting 23 homers and collecting 69 RBIs. The 29-year-old, who has improved his defense considerably since moving to first base from third, has postseason experience as a member of the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks. When asked of the Orioles' mindset on the eve of the organization's first postseason appearance in 15 years, Reynolds said: "We are where we expected to be in Spring Training. Obviously, a lot of people didn't think we would get here, but I know everyone in this clubhouse thought we could.

Last time I was in the playoffs, we had five games to decide it, not one. [It will be ] just a nailbiting game all the way until the end. Hopefully, we can move on and go play the Yankees."

Should the Orioles win on Friday, they will return to Baltimore to host Sunday's Game 1 of the AL Division Series against New York.