The Reds’ starting rotation is last in the National League in many categories; ERA 5.57, innings pitched 197, earned runs allowed 122 and home runs allowed 39.
The bullpen has been good and will soon be getting a shot in the arm, no pun intended, when Brandon Finnegan, Anthony DeSclafani and Homer Bailey are making progress for a return.
Finnegan is the closest to returning.
Anthony DeSclafani returned to the Reds’ clubhouse from Arizona and was examined by Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
“I got some good news. I’m cleared to throw,” DeSclafani said. ‘We are going to get together and put a program together. I will get to feel like a baseball player again. I’ll put a glove on it and start to throw.”
DeSclafani was shut down early in spring with an ulnar collateral ligament strain in his right elbow.
“It is not going to be soon for him,” Price said. “It will be like the first day of spring training. I will know more when we come off the next road trip (June 2).”
Homer Bailey threw a live batting practice today.
“He’s been throwing great,” Price said. “If he does all of his work today, he will pitch in a camp game in Arizona as soon as the 24th.”
Price, a pitching coach for 10 years has been dealing with an injury riddled starting since he took over as Reds’ manager in 2014.
“This is the third or fourth year of doing this, going back to Mat Latos and Homer in 2014,” Price said. “That went into 15 and 16, not having a rotation in tact from what we expected. It is not unique. It is something you learn to deal with. I feel like I’m better as far as knowing what to expect in 2017 or 16. We’ve run a lot of rookie arms through here. Some have learned to swim here. Some have sank to the bottom but it is a good way of finding out what we have in the system. Who needs more seasoning. Who is a big leaguer. It’s been a challenge. It’s what we signed up for. In order to reach our goals we have to be better in our starting rotation.”