Mahle (shoulder) isn't under consideration to replace Luis Castillo in the rotation Sunday against the Pirates, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Reds manager Jim Riggleman didn't suggest Mahle would be available in relief for the Reds' three-game series with the Pirates this weekend either, implying the right-hander's 2018 campaign has come to an end. Though Mahle has been dealing with a tender shoulder since mid-September, it's not believed to be a major concern for the 23-year-old heading into the offseason. Sal Romano appears to be the leading candidate to start the Reds' final game of the season after Castillo was shut down due to workload concerns.
Mahle (shoulder soreness) has been traveling with the Reds on their current road trip and throwing on the side, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Mahle might get in a relief outing before the end of the season, but is unlikely to start. "He's throwing his side sessions and all that," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "Whether he starts again, I don't know. If he gets a couple of innings of relief, we might be able to do it in a simulated situation as opposed to a game situation to [help] him confirm in his own mind, 'Yeah, I feel great going into the offseason and do my normal offseason program to get ready for next year.'"
Mahle experienced shoulder tenderness following his Sept. 9 start against the Padres and faces an uncertain return timeline, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Reliever Michael Lorenzen will fill Mahle's spot in the rotation for at least Tuesday's game in Milwaukee and could garner additional starts if he impresses in the transition from the bullpen. Interim manager Jim Riggleman said Mahle, meanwhile, is working with team trainers with the hope of being able to pitch again in 2018. The start against San Diego has been Mahle's only appearance since rejoining the big club when rosters expanded earlier this month. Mahle has covered 112 innings in total for the Reds this season, logging a 4.98 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.
Mahle will have his next start pushed back, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Mahle was expected to take the mound this weekend against the Cubs, but interim manager Jim Riggleman elected to bypass the right-hander and go with Matt Harvey, Cody Reed and Luis Castillo in Chicago. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound during Monday's series opener in Milwaukee, which likely leaves Mahle in line to pitch Tuesday.
Mahle will start Sunday against the Padres, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Mahle is taking the place of Homer Bailey in the Reds' rotation and initially appeared lined up to start Monday against the Dodgers, but as he hasn't pitched since Aug. 30 he'll instead be bumped up a day. He allowed 20 earned runs in 10.2 innings over his last four big-league starts but may have righted the ship at Triple-A Louisville, as he posted a 2.73 ERA there in five starts after an early August demotion.