Michael Lorenzen is ready.
On Sunday night Lorenzen pitched in back-to-back days for the Louisville Bats, the last test to prove he is recovered from a strained right elbow and a bout with mononucleousis. On Satruday, Lorenzen allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Pawtucket Pawsox.
The 24-year old, who will return to work out of the Reds bullpen, threw 16 pitches on Sunday, 10 for strikes. Among them one pitch was clocked at 99 miles per hour, three at 98, two at 97 and one at 96. Poor Dan Butler the Pawsox catcher saw two off the plate at 98 mph, then a 97 mph pitch for a strike. Lorenzen threw him a breaking ball for a strike at 84 then struck him out swinging on another 98 mph fastball.
"I can do that for one inning or nine," Lorenzen said via tweet. "I'm ready for anything."\
Scott Schebler won Player of the Week honors in the International League. Schebler hit .318 with two home runs and nine RBI for the week. Sunday, Schebler hit a solo home run off Michael Cuevas and added a run scoring single.
The Bats and starting pitcher Stephen Johnson, obtained from the Giants for Marlon Byrd, led 4-2 after six innings but former Red, Chris Dominguez homered off Steve Delabar in the seventh . The Pawsox had three hits, scoring two runs off Jumbo Diaz in the eighth. Diaz was charged with the 5-4 loss.