Anthony DeSclafani's 2016 season was delayed by an oblique injury suffered at the end of spring training, and then by attempting to return too quickly. He still ultimately made 20 starts, improving marginally in most metrics except for his home run rate. Unfortunately, there's one big hurdle preventing DeSclafani from reaching his potential as a No. 2 starter -- his inability to retire left-handers with consistency. Despite using his curveball instead of his changeup to attack lefties, the results have been disappointing, as they hit .300/.337/.500 collectively against him, good for a .353 wOBA. If he ever finds a good out-pitch against lefties, look out -- right-handers hit just .199/.274/.311 against him.
DeSclafani (elbow) has not resumed throwing, WCPO.com's John Fay reports. A sprained UCL caused the Reds to shut DeSclafani down for four weeks in mid-March. That timetable has now elapsed, and he still has not picked up a baseball. Thus, the 26-year-old's return most likely won't happen for a while, as he was placed on the 60-day disabled list Apr. 5.
DeSclafani (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. With DeSclafani tabbed to miss the first month of the season at the minimum, the Reds opted to move him off the 40-man roster to make room for recently acquired outfielder Tyler Goeddel. It's unclear if this move will impact DeSclafani's return date, but things should become clearer on that front as he progresses in his rehab program.
DeSclafani (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. DeSclafani has been shut down for the past several weeks with a UCL sprain. Though he's been placed on the 10-day DL, the 26-year-old is expected to miss the first month of the season.
DeSclafani (elbow) underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection to try to speed up his healing process, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. DeSclafani has been shut down from throwing but has started his rehab. At minimum he'll miss the first month of the season.
DeSclafani will be shut down for four weeks with a UCL sprain, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. DeSclafani was expected to miss his first turn in the rotation to start the season after the sore elbow delayed his spring debut. However, an MRI revealed he is dealing with a sprained UCL and will be shut down for at least four weeks, which ultimately lands him on the DL for Opening Day. It's not ideal news for both parties, but the injury is not considered surgical; it'll be big if the 26-year-old can avoid Tommy John surgery. He'll be reevaluated in a month, but for now, expect the young Cincinnati arms -- Cody Reed, Tim Adleman (shoulder), Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson -- to compete for the vacated rotation spot.
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