Lorenzen allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Sunday.
Cincinnati put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth, making it a 5-0 game. Lorenzen gave two runs back the next half inning and manager David Bell pulled Lorenzen at 93 pitches, when he was one out short of qualifying for the win. He probably won't get another start with the Reds playing six games next week and Sonny Gray (back) slated to return Tuesday, but Lorenzen is very much back on track. The right-hander has a 1.80 ERA in his last 25 innings after opening the season with a 16.88 ERA in his first seven appearances.
Lorenzen (2-1) recorded the win Tuesday versus Pittsburgh after giving up one run on four hits with six strikeouts and zero walks across five innings.
The 28-year-old received his first start since 2018 with Sonny Gray (back) on the injured list and performed well, inducing 15 swinging strikes on 76 pitches. Lorenzen has a 4.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 23:14 K:BB over 25.2 innings and seems likely to return to the bullpen role despite the strong showing as a spot starter.
Lorenzen will start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Lorenzen will start his first game since 2018 as a replacement for Sonny Gray (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. Lorenzen hasn't lasted more than four innings in any of his relief appearances this season, but he should be well-rested since he last pitched Sept. 10.
Lorenzen threw four scoreless innings in relief in Monday's loss to the Cardinals, striking out three while allowing two hits and a walk.
While this was a huge effort to save the rest of the bullpen, it's not very good for Lorenzen's fantasy value. He's not going to be available for a few days, plus the Reds went out and acquired Archie Bradley, who presumably will be ahead of Lorenzen in the pecking order should anything happen to Raisel Iglesias.
Lorenzen (1-1) allowed one walk and struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Friday versus the Cardinals.
Lorenzen produced just his third scoreless outing in nine appearances this year. His ERA dropped to 8.71 with a 1.55 WHIP and 10 strikeouts over 10.1 innings. The 28-year-old's last two appearances have come in lower-leverage situations -- he has a hold and a blown save in 2020, but isn't likely to see many save chances.
Lorenzen threw 3.1 scoreless innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates, allowing just one hit while striking out two.
This was Lorenzen's first outing since getting blown up by the Brewers on Sunday, and just his second appearance in eight in which he didn't allow a run. He and Cody Reed combined for six innings after Anthony DeSclafani allowed nine runs over two innings, saving the rest of the bullpen.
Lorenzen did not retire any of the four batters he faced in Sunday's loss to the Brewers. He was charged with three runs on a hit and three walks.
The right-hander has now given up at least one run in six of his seven appearances this season, resulting in a 16.88 ERA. Reds players and coaches backed Lorenzen in postgame interviews, though manager David Bell suggested the team will discuss Lorenzen's role. "Looking forward, we will re-evaluate what we can do to get him back to where he needs to be," Bell told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. "We'll be thinking about that. At this point, for the team and for Michael, we've just got to do whatever's best for him." It would not be a surprise to see Lorenzen move down a few rungs in the bullpen until he gets right. With Pedro Strop (groin) out, that leaves the Reds with Nate Jones, Lucas Sims and maybe even Tyler Mahle to handle key spots in the middle innings against righty-heavy portions of the opposing lineup.
Lorenzen allowed a two-run homer to Javier Baez in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, giving him three homers allowed in three games. His ERA has now climbed to 16.88.
Lorenzen's fastball velocity is actually up so far this season, but in this instance Lorenzen got beat on an 86-mph slider, according to Baseball Savant. Baez crushed it, too, with an exit velocity of 105.1 mph.
Lorenzen (0-1) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk without a strikeout in one inning as he was charged with the loss Sunday against the Tigers.
Lorenzen was called on in the ninth inning Sunday to preserve the 1-1 score, but he gave up a walk before allowing a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in the 3-2 loss. The 28-year-old has now allowed a home run in each of his two appearances over the Reds' first three games this year.
Lorenzen, who had been nursing a sore forearm, gave up a go-ahead homer to Miguel Cabrera in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
It was a rough day for the primary right-handed Reds relievers. Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson and Raisel Iglesias all allowed homers, as they turned a 3-1 lead into a 6-4 loss.
Lorenezen is dealing with some soreness in his right forearm, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The issue cropped up after experimenting with a new pitch grip, so the 28-year-old is taking it easy for a couple days. Manager David Bell downplayed the injury, but Lorenzen only has a few days to get back on the mound before Friday's season opener against the Tigers.
Lorenzen has been throwing live batting practice and simulated games for about six weeks, sometimes throwing up to 90 pitches in an outing, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I don't even need a spring training, to be honest," Lorenzen said. "My whole thing was no matter how much I throw right now, it's never going to be close to what I would normally throw in the season during this time or at the intensity just because of adrenaline and stuff like that."
Lorenzen doesn't need to be that far stretched out, as a reliever, but it's worth considering whether he and other relief pitchers might be asked to pick up more of the slack as starting pitchers will probably go far shorter than usual. Moreover, with the universal DH, a reliever than comes in to get the final out or two of one inning could pitch the next when normally he might get lifted for a pinch hitter in his team's half of the inning.
Lorenzen (knee) threw a scoreless inning in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Diamondbacks, despite allowing two hits and a walk, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I have some patellar tendinitis that we're getting over," Lorenzen said Tuesday. "It's doing a lot better. I was cleared to hit [Monday]. It's never bothered me hitting anyway. They just wanted to take the workload off of it. It doesn't bother me other than a full-on sprint. We just want to make sure that it's fully taken care of, which it's getting there."
While Lorenzen has been restricted from hitting and outfield work this spring, he's still been able to pitch, and has a 1.50 ERA over six innings so far.
Lorenzen is dealing with some knee soreness that does not affect his pitching but has prevented him from playing center field this spring, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Since it does not affect his ability to do the main part of his job, this is very minor news, but it explains why he has not been used as a two-way player thus far. Lorenzen is a good hitter for a pitcher, but he is probably not going to get many starts in the field this year given the Reds' outfield depth.
Lorenzen was clocked at 97.7 mph with his fastball in Thursday's live batting practice, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Lorenzen wants to be able to throw 103 mph this season, and is ahead of other pitchers in Reds camp right now in terms of velocity. Last year his average fastball velocity was 96.9 mph. He's positioned to be one of Raisel Iglesias' top setup relievers, and perhaps the most likely to supplant him as the closer as needed.
Lorenzen agreed to a one-year, $3.725 million deal with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This represents a sizable raise over the $1.95 million figure he settled for last offseason. He will have one final run in the arbitration process next offseason before hitting the open market after the 2021 season.
Lorenzen worked around a base hit to turn in a scoreless bottom of the ninth and claim his seventh save of the season Sunday in the Reds' 3-1 win over the Pirates.
Though the 27-year-old had been seeing increased work in the outfield in September, he was still effective when called upon in relief. After another strong showing in the season finale, Lorenzen wrapped up the campaign with a 2.92 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 85:28 K:BB in 83.1 innings. Should the Reds elect to move on from closer Raisel Iglesias during the offseason, Lorenzen would likely represent the top internal candidate to fill the vacancy.
Lorenzen (illness) is starting in center field and batting seventh Friday at Pittsburgh.
Lorenzen took some time off to recover from flu-like symptoms last weekend, but he delivered a scoreless frame Thursday and returns to the starting nine a day later. The 27-year-old is 3-for-26 in September and has a .195/.283/.317 slash line with one home run in 46 plate appearances this season.
Lorenzen was sent home Saturday with flu-like symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The Reds' clubhouse has been thinned out by the flu bug; five players were sent home sick. Lorenzen is the best defensive center fielder on the team right now, but he's not a big-league regular with the bat, so he may work primarily out of the bullpen again once healthy.
Lorenzen is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.
Lorenzen is an exceptional athlete and his ability to pinch hit and play center field in addition to his pitching is quite valuable to the Reds, but realistically, he's not a good enough hitter to be a regular in the lineup. He's gone just 3-for-24 with a homer and seven strikeouts this month. Brian O'Grady is starting in center field Saturday and it figures to be mostly O'Grady and Phillip Ervin over the final week of the season.
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