The Cincinnati Reds announced on Friday night that Michael Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani would begin rehab assignments on Monday. They will both head to Double-A Pensacola to kick off their comeback.

Michael Lorenzen is recovering from a right shoulder strain. He last pitched on March 16th in Goodyear. He threw 3.0 innings that day, walking four batters while allowing two runs. Lorenzen struggled during the spring, posting an 8.38 ERA in 9.2 innings over 4 appearances. He was attempting to make the rotation out of the spring, but the injury put that one on hold. Maybe forever. The right hander will be pitching in relief on his way back to the Majors.

Anthony DeSclafani was injured slightly before Lorenzen was. He last pitched on March 9th in Goodyear. He suffered an oblique strain. DeSclafani threw 7.0 innings over three starts and had a 3.86 ERA with two walks and four strikeouts. When he takes the mound for Pensacola on Monday he will be starting and be working on a pitch count of roughly 60 pitches.

It sounds like, if there are no setbacks, that Michael Lorenzen will be able to return to the Reds quicker than Anthony DeSclafani will. On the 60-day disabled list, DeSclafani won’t be eligible to return before the end of the month. Lorenzen is technically eligible to return today. Of course, he’s not ready just yet – but once he is, he can be activated at any point. They will both have up to 30 days on their rehab assignments before they need to be activated, assuming there are no set backs.

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6 Responses

  1. Wes

    Hope reds don’t do disco like they did finnegan. Give him his 5 starts in minors and take it very slow

  2. MK

    I am comfortable with the Bailey, Castillo, Mahle, Romano, Harvey rotation, so I don’t know at this point where DeSclafani and Finnegan will fit in. Obviously Lorenzen will need to be in bullpen, Whatever there role there is really no hurry. I hope they do not rush it like with Finnegan or like they did with Disco last year.

    • SteveLV

      Assume Disco takes Harvey’s spot when he’s ready – and agree, let him take the time he needs to be fully ready.
      Also assume Bailey keeps getting sent out there until some combination of “we can’t take this any more” and one of Stephenson, Reed, Finnegan showing consistently solid starts. I’m comfortable with that approach, but I’m not comfortable with Bailey. He’s not only not the future, he’s not the present, either.
      Bullpen situation sure is getting crowded.

      • NC Reds Fan

        He maybe should take Harvey or Bailey’s spot but I doubt that’s what happens. I bet they send Mahle to AAA for a month until after the trade deadline.

        I hope I’m wrong though, but unless Harvey falls apart I just don’t see them taking him out of the rotation.

      • MK

        Bailey is the future as long as they owe him big money which will be 2020.

  3. MK

    A lot of roster moves today, especially for a Saturday. Dayton and Daytona the most. Interesting Cassidy Brown going to Pensacola. Have to wonder if Okey is having issues there as a catcher. Glad for Crook getting promoted he has played well to this point. Sugilio back active for first time since opening Day