SAN MATEO, California — A one-time top major league pitching prospect whose career was derailed when he broke his hand punching a drugged-up intruder has been awarded $2.3 million in damages by a California jury.
Greg Reynolds, 32, who was drafted second overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 2006 draft ahead of stars like Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum and Max Scherzer, broke knuckles in his pitching hand after getting in a scrape with a naked man high on LSD.
Dominic Pintarelli, 19, had been partying at the home of Reynolds’ neighbor, Connor Pope, in January 2016, when he wandered out naked and began trashing Reynold’s mail box. When Reynolds confronted him, Pintarelli began swinging, leading Reynolds to punch back.
“I only hit him one time, and it was bad enough to where I knew immediately it was broken,” Reynolds told the San Jose Mercury News. “The biggest problem was that I broke my index finger knuckle, the most important finger for throwing the ball. It affected all my pitches.”
Reynolds said he was never able to regain the ability to make his fastball move through the strike zone after the injury, effectively ending his career.
The San Mateo jury found both Pintarelli and Pope liable for Reynold’s injury, and ordered they pay him and his wife $2.3 million in damages.
Reynolds made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2008 and bounced back and forth between the big leagues and the minors with a stint in Japan until his career ended in 2016. He finished with a record of 6-and-11 and an ERA of 7.01 in 33 big league games.