The Cincinnati Reds seem to be having a good day when it comes to minor league pitchers and rehabbing. Sal Romano and Nick Travieso both tweeted out today that they were back on the mound.

Sal Romano hasn’t pitched since April 26th. That night he was pitching against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and while warming up for the 6th inning he felt something in his shoulder and was removed from the game. He has thrown 5.0 shutout innings to that point.

The right hander was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation the next day.  He began his throwing program less than two weeks later.

For Nick Travieso, it’s been quite a bit longer. The 23-year-old right hander has not pitched this season. During the offseason, as he was beginning to start throwing to get ready for spring training he began to experience shoulder impingement.

The early reports were that he was just a few weeks behind the other pitchers as spring training began, but that’s clearly not been the case. The good news is that he seems to be at the point in his throwing program that he’s back on the mound and advanced from throwing off of flat ground.

Assuming that he continues to progress without any hiccups along the way, it’s unclear where he would be assigned when ready to be activated. He had some struggles at times last season in Pensacola, but also had some success. Overall he posted a 3.84 ERA in 117.1 innings there, but had easily the highest walk rate of his career. Returning to the Blue Wahoos or jumping into the Triple-A rotation for Louisville could both make sense.

7 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      It’s backdated. We knew he was going to miss that much time anyways.

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  1. CP

    How long would you guess will it take from going from bullpen sessions on the mound, to actually being ready to get back to pitching in games for these guys?

    Will they, perhaps, take it slower with Travieso than Romano considering his longer lay off?

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    • Doug Gray

      Assuming no set backs, I’d guess Romano is much closer to returning than Travieso. No clue on the time table, though.

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      • Reaganspad

        This would be a good time for Sal to get healthy and get back to the big club. What was to be a year of auditions has been a year of patchwork.

        It would be great to have Sal back with the big club in June

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