The Reds might welcome right-hander Michael Lorenzen again from the injured listing this weekend, supervisor David Bell advised reporters (including Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The 29-year-old is on a rehab task with Triple-A Louisville.
Lorenzen hasn’t pitched all yr on account of a proper shoulder pressure. Whereas the Reds meant to offer him a shot to earn a spot within the beginning rotation getting into the yr, Lorenzen’s now anticipated to return again in his customary reduction position. Bell advised reporters last month Cincinnati didn’t really feel it was worthwhile to attempt to construct his workload as much as a stage adequate to tackle a beginning job, given the damage.
His return will probably be a welcome growth for a Cincinnati bullpen that has been among the many league’s worst this season. Reds relievers have a cumulative 5.22 ERA; solely the Rockies bullpen (5.44) has had a more durable time stopping runs. The peripherals look a bit higher — Cincinnati relievers are eighteenth in strikeout/stroll charge differential (14.5 share factors) and twenty first in SIERA (4.01) — however the bullpen has however been one of many weaker place teams on the roster.
The problems have been exacerbated by latest accidents to Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone. Sims suffered an elbow sprain in late June that got here with an anticipated one-month restoration timetable, and it now appears Antone’s taking a look at an identical return date. Antone has but to renew throwing after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection on his ailing proper forearm and isn’t anticipated again till late July, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com was among those to relay.
Presumably, the bullpen will probably be a key goal space for the Reds to deal with within the subsequent few weeks. In an interview with C. Trent Rosecrans of the Athletic on Friday, common supervisor Nick Krall mentioned the membership can be “aggressive” in buying assist from outdoors the group. Krall recommended then the entrance workplace wasn’t giving consideration to promoting items off the large league roster, and that’s actually all of the extra true after Cincinnati swept the Cubs in a three-game set to take over second place within the NL Central final weekend. At 43-40, the Reds nonetheless path the division-leading Brewers by 6.5 video games, and so they’re 5.5 again of the Padres within the race for the league’s second Wild Card spot.
One query that continues to be is how a lot monetary flexibility the entrance workplace has in exploring midseason upgrades. Krall advised Rosecrans the workforce might add wage “inside cause,” a little bit of an equivocation that’s more likely to concern some followers after payroll constrains led the Reds to commerce nearer Raisel Iglesias to the Angels for little or no return over the winter.