I was in attendance for Anthony DeSclafani’s rehab start today, and am glad to report that he looked great. He was on a 60-pitch limit and finished with 4 IP, 62 pitches, and 45 strikes. He struck out 7 and allowed only 1 hit, which was a homer off a poorly located changeup (this was confirmed in interview after that game). He did not walk a batter. His velocity was as high as 97, but he generally sat around 94 with his fastball. Breaking pitches were generally in the mid-80s, with a few dipping lower.
I was able to speak with him after the game. On the oblique he said, “I didn’t think about it at all,” which is the best sign you can hope for. I asked about his breaking pitches and he said everything felt good and he was generally happy with his control, especially, it seemed, on the curveball.
He is scheduled to have at least one more rehab start, and while there is no official word on where that will be, the Bats are home all this week, so he’s most likely to make that start in Louisville on Saturday. He seemed to think that – barring something unforeseen – he would only have one more rehab start before coming back to the Reds. He also acknowledged frustration at the “rest it” approach to rehab with an oblique strain and said he may have pushed a little too hard early in the year.