Anthony DeSclafani pitched five innings for the Dayton Dragons last night at Fifth Third Field. Wearing #28 in the Dragons’ bright orange jerseys, the Reds starter threw 77 pitches, 50 for strikes. He struck out three and walked one. The Clinton LumberKings (yes, all one word), a Seattle Mariners affiliate, didn’t record a hit until the fourth inning. According to the scoreboard radar gun reports, DeSclafani was throwing his fastball 92-93 mph for most of the night. By the fifth inning, he had fallen into the 90-91 mph range.

According to Tony Fossas, the Reds pitching coordinator who was at the game, the club wanted to see DeSclafani go 80-85 pitches. But they decided not to send him out for a sixth inning of work.

DeSclafani mainly kept to himself in the dugout when the Dragons were hitting. He talked to catcher Mitch Trees and Fossas.

Tyler Stephenson, the Dragons’ regular catcher and the Reds #1 draft pick in 2015, is on the disabled list with a concussion. He was hit in the head by a batted ball during pregame warmup on Tuesday. Reports are that Stephenson hasn’t come close to passing any of the mandatory concussion protocol.

It was a beautiful night in Dayton. If you’ve never attended a game at Fifth Third Field, try to find a ticket and go see one. (They have a well deserved streak of 1,130 consecutive sellouts, the longest in professional sports.) It’s a wonderful family setting with plenty of easy parking and a first-class operation. Their new high def scoreboard is stunning. Lawn seating is available. They also treat folks like me who write for a Reds fan site as members of the press, with full access to the press box and player interviews.

DeSclafani’s demeanor during the game struck me as a professional going through a workout. He’s looking forward to rejoining his teammates.

“I’m not a very patient person, and I don’t like being on the DL or injured,” he said. “I want to get back there and help my team — I can’t wait.”

Neither can Reds fans. We may not have to wait much longer. If the Reds think he’s ready, his return to the major league starting rotation could be as soon as Wednesday’s 12:35 p.m. home game against the San Francisco Giants.

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

Anthony DeSclafani was acquired from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Mat Latos during the 2015 off-season. DeSclafani led the Reds last year with 184.2 innings pitched. His overall ERA was 4.05 and FIP was 3.67. In the second half of the season, DeSclafani showed considerable improvement. His strikeout rate rose from 17% to 22% and his walk rate fell from 9.4% to 4%. His K-BB% of 18% was top-20. DeSclafani’s FIP in the second half was 3.46.

Here are a few past Redleg Nation columns about him:

16 Responses

  1. vegastypo

    I’m hoping he takes Simon’s spot in the rotation, although if Simon is pitching today, not sure how that would line up. … Might as well keep seeing what Moscot and Straily have to offer, until Homer and Lamb come back, and maybe later also if Iglesias and Finnegan run up against their innings limit.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Have to think Bailey, Lamb and DeSclafani will take Straily, Simon and Moscot spots.

    • Vicferrari

      Why is Simon pitching today? They could have skipped his spot and every else could have had their regular turn. Could have DL’d him after they knew he was hurt & spared fans that awful performance Sunday

      • ohiojimw

        I agree with you. The party line is probably that they wanted to get the extra day of rest for the other starters (Iggy and Finnegan in particular); but I haven’t seen that “printed” anywhere most likely because B.Price hasn’t been specifically asked about it.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    After Disco’s exit, Constante got absolutely rocked by the LumberKings. pitching 4.0 innings, 75 Pitches w/ 6-R, 6-H, 5-BB & 3-SO.

    Dayton has had a run of good teams on the field over the past several seasons, but this season looks tough for the Dragons and their fans. The team is currently last in the MidWest Eastern Division with a 5-17 record. Their team OPS is dead last, 16th of 16 teams, @ .558 and their team ERA is 15th of 16 teams @ 4.64. Their extraordinary fan base should weather the storm, but it could be a long summer up the road in Dayton.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    I’m not sure about the efficacy of clearing a 40-man roster spot in order to claim an injured, 25-year-old relief pitcher who has never pitched above class A+, but the risk /return might be something to consider in this situation. Last season, Ian Gardeck finally seemed to ‘get it together’ in his 4th season of professional ball and 2nd season at A+, posting 10.8 SO/9 against just 2.5 BB/9 in 86 innings, all in relief. Gardeck had TJ surgery in March, so he will miss the entire 2016 season and will begin the 2017 season in AA as a 26-year-old reliever. Prior to 2015, Gardeck simply couldn’t find the plate but put up very good SO numbers. In 2015 that changed…dramatically. The Reds would have to carry him on the 40-man roster, but would be able to move him to the 60-day DL to clear that spot after claiming him. Unless his surgery or early recovery has issues, it might be a move to consider to get another relief pitching prospect in the organization.

  4. Patrick Jeter

    Catchers have it bad enough without being hit in the head by batted balls in practice… hope Tyler is OK.

  5. MrRed

    Further Report on Disco’s start last night: Enquirer’s Rosecrans is reporting that Disco felt discomfort in his side while pitching his last inning on Friday. Same side as the oblique strain that DL’d him. No word yet on next steps. Guess Simon stays in the starting rotation a while longer now.

  6. mikemartz

    Anthony DeSclafani’s status isn’t sure yet after he felt discomfort in his side during Friday night’s rehab start in Dayton. DeSclafani has been on the disabled list with a mild strain of his left oblique since the beginning of the season. He was examined on Thursday, and his start for the Dragons was pushed back a day to Friday after he was cleared by the team’s medical staff. He threw five innings and 77 pitches for the Dragons, but reported some “sensation,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Saturday.

    “(He) just hasn’t gotten to where he’s sensation-free and we’re not going to push him through it,” Price said. “We’re really doing everything we can to avoid a setback. He was good until the last inning or so, and then it was an issue.”

    Price said DeSclafani was scheduled for 80-85 pitches and wasn’t taken out due to the feeling in his side, which reportedly came near the end of his performance.

    • ohiojimw

      I think Iggy’s shoulder “pinch” could be the bigger issue over time.

      • Jonathan Morgan

        On the pregame show price just said they have Tim Adleman was held back from his AAA start, if need a a starter to replace Iggy tomorrow.

  7. mikemartz

    Devin Mesoraco’s hip finally felt normal this last week in New York, but unfortunately, his left shoulder has gotten worse.

    Mesoraco was out of the Reds’ lineup for the second straight day on Saturday because of soreness in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

  8. jessecuster44

    I know many disagree with this line of thinking, but honestly the Reds just get injured far too often. I have no faith in the training or med staff of this team at all.

  9. Delta-X-Ray-468

    It’s zero surprise to me that Mesoraco started with an oblique injury… Then a hamstring pull… Then a hip impingement and now a sore shoulder. He really should see a Muscle Activation Techniques specialist. If he did, he’d see how these issues are connected to other muscles not firing correctly and they’d work on correcting them. Traditional PT and orthopedic medicine will never get this guy healthy.