Wood (back) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the second week of May, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Wood took a step forward in his recovery from back soreness by throwing 20 fastballs in a bullpen session Saturday. He's scheduled to incorporate all his pitches into a side session of similar length Tuesday, but he appears to be at least two weeks away from facing hitters in a game setting. Because he's been on the injured list all season after the back issues cropped up in spring training, Wood will likely require at least two rehab starts in the minors before returning to the Cincinnati rotation. That timeline means he likely won't be activated from the 10-day injured list until at least the second half of May.
Wood (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday at Petco Park and will continue his rehab at the Reds' extended spring training facility in Arizona, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Wood threw all fastballs in Saturday's session but will use all of his pitches in a similar session Tuesday in Arizona. Unlike previous attempts in his rehab, he didn't feel any spasms immediately after throwing.
Wood (back) will throw from a mound Saturday for the first time since experiencing a setback March 24, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. He does not have a projected return date yet. "If I get to Saturday and throw a 'pen, and everything is good from there, then we can start talking about a serious timetable," Wood said. Originally projected to return in mid-April, Wood is going to take awhile to ramp up his activities to even pitch on a rehab assignment, which almost certainly will encompass multiple starts.
Wood (back) threw this week on back-to-back days for the first time in a few weeks and is showing some improvement, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The Reds appear to be noncommittal about his return date, however, saying they are waiting to see how Wood responds to the increased workload before determining his next step. It's possible that it's not just that his return is pushed back, but his role might change, especially with Tyler Mahle pitching well right now.
Manager David Bell said Alex Wood's (back) mid-April timetable might have been aggressive, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. There are no known setbacks in Wood's return, but he will still have to build up innings after throwing only one official frame in spring training. He may still be in line for a return later in April, but Tyler Mahle will serve as the team's fifth starter in his place.
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