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21 Michael Lorenzen RP

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May 13, 2021 06:04 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Cleared to resume throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) recently underwent a follow-up MRI and has been cleared to resume throwing, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Lorenzen received a second platelet-rich injection at the beginning of May and will now begin a throwing program in Arizona following his encouraging MRI. The right-hander's return timetable will depend on how quickly he's able to ramp up, but he appears to be trending in the right direction.

May 3, 2021 08:12 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Receives second PRP injection
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) had a second platelet-rich plasma injection recently, Mark Sheldon of reports. He has not yet begun a throwing program. "He's going to be in Arizona completing his rehab process," manager David Bell said. "He's healing up. He's still on track. He did respond well to the treatments he's had, and we're hoping to have him back in the next couple of months."

The lack of a throwing program so far suggests that it's going to be a while before we see Lorenzen. As such, his absence could be longer than the minimum 60 days.

April 17, 2021 06:40 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Resting after PRP injection
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) received a platelet-rich plasma injection for his right shoulder strain and is resting for now, Mark Sheldon of reports. "It's super early, so I'm just trying not to move it around, let the PRP kind of soak into the right places," Lorenzen said.

Lorenzen is eligible to return May 31, but the Reds are hoping for an early June return without any setbacks. He's still hoping to return as a starter too, but that's too far out for the Reds to guarantee at this point.

April 14, 2021 04:24 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Out through late May
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Reds transferred Lorenzen (shoulder) to the 60-day injured list Wednesday. He is expected to receive a PRP injection and avoid surgery, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Though Cincinnati will soon get a boost in the rotation with Sonny Gray (back) on track to make his season debut Saturday, Lorenzen's ongoing recovery from his injury will leave the team without one of its projected starters until at least late May. The Reds haven't suggested that Lorenzen has hit a setback in his rehab program, but the ramp-up process has been slower than anticipated, as he has yet to get back on a mound since being diagnosed with the strained shoulder late in spring training. Lorenzen's extended absence should give Jeff Hoffman a longer leash as Cincinnati's fifth starter.

April 10, 2021 09:44 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Making slow progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) has been playing catch this week, but he's still at least a couple of weeks away from returning, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Following a setback at the end of spring training for Lorenzen, the Reds have had him progressing slowly. "Still moving a little slower than he would like," manager David Bell said, "but he's getting there."

April 1, 2021 11:56 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 29.

Lorenzen dealt with a right shoulder strain late in camp and recently experienced a small setback in his rehab program. It's not yet clear when the right-hander will be able to make his season debut, but Jeff Hoffman and Jose De Leon will fill in as starters while Lorenzen and Sonny Gray (back) are unavailable.

March 31, 2021 01:52 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Hits snag in recovery
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Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson said Lorenzen (shoulder) won't be ready for the start of the season after experiencing a small setback in his rehab program, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Cincinnati hasn't established a firm timeline for when Lorenzen will be ready to make his season debut, but he'll almost certainly get placed on the 10-day injured list before the Reds finalize their Opening Day roster. With Sonny Gray (back) also set to begin the season on the shelf, the Reds will turn to Jeff Hoffman and Jose De Leon to fill the two openings in the rotation.

March 28, 2021 04:28 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Won't be ready to start
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Lorenzen (shoulder) is not expected to be ready to start any of the Reds' first five games, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen looked likely to open the season as a starter but has been dealing with a strained right shoulder for the past week. It's not yet clear whether or not he'll need a trip to the injured list, but he won't have time to build up as a starter by Opening Day. With Tejay Antone (hip) and Sonny Gray (back) also dealing with injuries, Jeff Hoffman and Jose De Leon are both expected to begin the season in the rotation.

March 25, 2021 01:32 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Status remains uncertain
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Lorenzen (shoulder) is expected to resume throwing soon, but it's still unclear whether he'll be able to avoid a trip to the injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen and Tejay Antone (hip) entered camp as the favorites for the Reds' fifth starter job. Sonny Gray's back issues will temporarily open up a second spot in the rotation, but both Lorenzen and Antone have injuries of their own. It's already been announced that Antone is expected to open the year in the bullpen, and it now seems as though Lorenzen may not be ready to start right away either. The Reds are confident he'll be able to build up his innings once the season begins, but the team may need to turn to pitchers like Jeff Hoffman or Jose De Leon for some spot starts in early April.

March 24, 2021 10:04 AM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: May not miss time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen (shoulder) may not need to miss any time at the start of the season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen was diagnosed with a shoulder strain Saturday, but the Reds evidently aren't too concerned about the issue. Both Lorenzen and Tejay Antone (hip) are in the mix to be either the fifth starter or a high-leverage reliever, and both are battling minor injuries, but the Reds remain positive about the pair. It's possible that whoever wins the rotation spot may see his workload slightly reduced to start the year.

March 21, 2021 03:20 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Dealing with shoulder strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain after exiting Saturday's "B" game, Mark Sheldon of reports.

It's not believed to be a serious injury, but it remains a concerning development with less than two weeks before Opening Day. Lorenzen is the leading candidate to open the season as Cincinnati's No. 5 starter, and his primary competition, Tejay Antone (groin), is dealing with his own injury.

March 7, 2021 10:24 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Leading fifth-starter candidate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen is the leading candidate to win the Reds' fifth-starter job, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "(Lorenzen's) in a good position to earn a starting spot, but we have a long way to go," manager David Bell said Friday. "It's a question as what's best for our team, best for our pitching staff. A lot goes into that, it's not just about any one pitcher."

Tejay Antone turned a lot of heads with his first spring training performance, and Lorenzen struggled as he purposefully backed off his velocity a bit. With this battle, as with many other spring training job battles, it serves well to remember that Opening Day is a starting point, not the finish line. It's still possible for both Lorenzen and Antone to start in the long run, even if things don't begin that way.

March 6, 2021 02:12 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Purposefully backing off velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen gave up three earned runs on three hits over 1.1 innings Friday against Arizona, throwing his fastball around 93 mph, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen was throwing around 97 mph last season, but is purposefully backing off a little on his fastball and throwing more breaking pitches in order to build up as a starter this season. He's battling with Tejay Antone and Jose De Leon to be the Reds' fifth starter.

February 28, 2021 11:56 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Might still have bullpen role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Reds might choose to use Lorenzen in a bullpen role, even if he pitches well as a starter in spring training, if they decide they need him more as a reliever, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "It's got to be about what is the best thing for our team to maximize the chances for us to win," pitching coach Derek Johnson said. "I certainly think he can be a starter. I think he'd be a good one. I also think he's a pretty good reliever and if that's the case and we really need him in that spot, that may be the direction that we have to go."

The Reds are sort of locked in with Wade Miley as the fourth starter, at least to begin the season, as he's less suited to relieving. That leaves one starting slot open between Lorenzen, Tejay Antone, Jose De Leon and Jeff Hoffman. The Reds might ultimately decide they're better balanced with Lorenzen beginning the year in the bullpen and Antone starting, for instance. The team has suggested that they'd prefer a five-man rotation over a six-man one, at least for now.

February 15, 2021 05:24 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Minor knee procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen had a minor procedure on his left knee this offseason that included a PRP injection to address patellar tendinitis there, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen saw a doctor last week and had the knee rehab and strengthening declared a success. Lorenzen had been dealing with the tendinitis the last two seasons, mostly when playing the outfield and running the bases. He should be able to give starting pitching a full go this spring.

January 16, 2021 01:08 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Avoids arbitration with Cincy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen signed a one-year, $4.438 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of reports.

The 28-year-old is in his final year of arbitration eligibility and was able to reach a deal with the Reds ahead of Friday's deadline. Lorenzen entered the big leagues as a starter in 2015 but has worked as a reliever and occasional position player/pinch hitter over the past five seasons, but he's expected to be a member of the starting rotation in 2021.

November 11, 2020 01:24 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Prepping for full-time starting gig
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen said Wednesday that he will report to Cincinnati's spring training as a starting pitcher, and he expects to be a full-time member of the rotation in 2021, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Like most pitching prospects, Lorenzen was developed as a starter during his minor-league career, and he made 21 starts during his first season in the majors in 2015 before converting to a bullpen role. The 28-year-old has been mostly dependable in that capacity the past five seasons, but he showed some renewed signs of promise as a starter in September when called upon to fill in for the injured Sonny Gray. Lorenzen covered 9.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out 14 over his two spot starts, and the pair of strong performances apparently convinced him to pursue a return to the rotation. Cincinnati is still expected to try and re-sign ace Trevor Bauer or perhaps pursue more affordable arms this offseason, so Lorenzen will still likely need to impress in spring training to ensure he breaks camp in a starting role.

October 10, 2020 07:08 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Potential starter in 2021
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen will be under consideration to start for the Reds next season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. There could be two openings in the Reds rotation, as both Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani are free agents.

Lorenzen finished the season in a hybrid role for the Reds, making two spot starts along with a number of longer relief outings. "I think he set himself up to be looked at next year as a possible solution for our starting five," Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson said. "I know he wants to do that, and I don't think it's been any secret that he wants to do that. He's put himself in that position to potentially do that. I think there is some competition there for him."

September 28, 2020 08:32 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Finding niche in long relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lorenzen has found a niche in long relief and occasional spot starts, including a 3.1-inning outing Friday against the Twins in which he earned the win. He finished the regular season with mediocre ratios (4.28 ERA, 1.40 WHIP), though most of the damage came in the first few weeks of the campaign.

He'll continue in a relief role in the first round of the playoffs against the Braves, as the Reds will be able to run out their top three starters in Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray for the three-game series.

September 20, 2020 09:16 PM
Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Fans eight in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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