DeSclafani (elbow) has been cleared to begin throwing, John Fay of reports.

He hasn't pitched since dealing with elbow tenderness at the beginning of spring training, so this is certainly a positive step for the 27-year-old. After posting a 3.28 ERA and 105 strikeouts over 20 starts with the Reds last season, DeSclafani will begin a gradual rehabilitation program with the long-term goal of returning in the second half of the regular season. Expect a firmer timetable to be established once he gets back into regular pitching activities.

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