Reynolds records first career hit as late sub

Replacing Asdrubal, Mets' No. 9 prospect singles in fifth after 0-for-6 start

Reynolds records first career hit as late sub

WASHINGTON -- The baseball rested on a shelf in Matt Reynolds' locker, ticketed for a spot in his father's collection back home in Oklahoma. Reynolds collected his first career hit in the fifth inning of the Mets' 2-0 win over the Nationals on Wednesday, lining a single to right field.

He was still beaming afterward.

"I pretty much give everything meaningful to our dad to store in our house," Reynolds said.

Playing sparingly since joining the Mets earlier this month, and often against strong opposing starters, the Mets' No. 9 prospect -- as ranked by MLBPipeline -- was 0-for-6 in his career prior to the single. He earned a spot in Wednesday's lineup only because starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera departed in the first inning due to back spasms.

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Before Wednesday's 1-for-3 performance, Reynolds' claim to fame was a seven-game stint on the bench during last year's National League Division and Championship Series. An injury replacement for Ruben Tejada, Reynolds did not appear in a postseason game, but he received an NL championship ring for his efforts.

Now, he has a souvenir from Nationals Park to go along with it.

"I wasn't stressing or anything, but it's just nice to get it out of the way," Reynolds said.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.