News: Anthony DeSclafani has been diagnosed with a partial sprain (that means tear) of the ulnar collateral ligament. Shut down from pitching for four weeks. Go from there.

This does not necessarily mean he’ll need Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, DeSclafani could return to pitching by mid-May.

Michael Lorenzen had a partial sprain of his UCL last year and returned to pitch. On the other hand, Lorenzen’s sprain was described as “mild” at the time of diagnosis. That word wasn’t used in today’s report.

On the other other hand:

For AD, not the worst news, but not good any time “Tommy John” appears as one of the tags for the post.

17 Responses

  1. hoosierdad1

    The headline almost could read “Breaking Anthony DeSclafini’s Elbow”. Not sure which would be worse! Hoping for the best but expecting the worst. 🙁

  2. Chuck Schick

    This news likely enhances the probability that Garrett,Romano, Stephenson and Winker start off in Lousiville.

    If you bring them all up in May to coincide with Disco’s return you save service time and create a marketing event. The Reds tend to not draw in April, so there’s no reason to waste the marketing opportunity.

    If they operate the bullpen in April with something close to the long term plan, then you just plug in a couple of off the scrap heap band aids until Disco, Garrett, Stephenson and possibly Bailey arrive.

    • jveith1991

      It’s doubtful the Reds would consider bringing up all four prospects together in May as a “marketing event”. The far greater consideration that you mentioned for the team is service time. Much like the Cubs did with Kris Bryant in 2015, the Reds will likely avoid beginning the season with their prospects on the major league roster to gain an extra year of control. Hopefully some will join the team in mid-to-late April. Had the Reds done that with Mike Leake in 2010, it would have delayed his free agency another year (and likely gotten the Reds a greater return in his trade). One more year of team control vs. two or three extra starts at the beginning of this season…

  3. Simon Cowell

    Major League baseball went out of there way to protect Catchers with foolish rules help reduce injuries. Why can’t they do the same with pitchers? If they can’t find a solution for the epidemic of arm injuries time to go to underhand pitching or the requirement of wearing a sleeve of sorts that limits how hard a pitcher can throw and protects the movement of the elbow and shoulder.

    • Simon Cowell

      Seems like the way to go. Got to protect the millionaires right? My comment was sarcasm towards the total hypocrisy of the new catching rules. They already have a DH to protect pitchers but clearly that isn’t enough. Maybe they need to be kept in bubble wrap.

  4. J

    Everyone seems to be having TJ surgery sooner or later. Might as well get it over with now.

  5. Chuck Schick

    They’re not protecting millionaires as much as they’re protecting assets that cost millions. If a factory burns down you can at least sell the land. If Buster Posey never plays again you have nothing.

    Also, the football concussion lawsuits have opened the Pandora’s Box of ” work place
    safety” in sports. Forbidding people running at full speed from plowing into a stationary player is less of a rule change and more of a
    “Reasonable Precaution”

  6. wizeman

    Injuries part of it now with pitching staffs. Let’s say Disco and Bailey back by all star break. This gives us a starting rotation of Finnegan, Feldman, Reed, Stephenson and a question mark until service time clock runs out.
    Not going to win the World Series this year. Means Garrett and Romano shortly.
    Have to find 5th starter until then. Certainly can stretch Lorenzen a bit and a combo of Adelman and Arroyo if arm does not fall off. Not pretty but gets us to May.
    Am sure this has been covered but what is a prediction of when service time is moot.
    Cause then we also have a lead off hitter who can get on base.
    Looking forward to watching the Reds and saying “Holy S??# These guys are young.

  7. IndyRedMan

    Dan Straily is going to like pitching in that huge park in Miami…..just don’t get why they ran him off? I don’t see much difference between him & Feldman except Corey is 6 years older! I guess they might as well throw out the kids to take their lumps but more LAPD style beatings like Cody Reed took in 2016 are not good for a young pitchers psyche! I guess the hope is get thru 5-6 ip with only 3 runs and hope the pen dominates and doesn’t wear down too badly!

    • docmike

      That Dan Straily trade is the best thing the team did all winter. Flipping a guy who was pretty good in 2016 but also a bit lucky, for a guy who is a borderline top 100 prospect? Yes please.

    • sandman

      LW, you would think they would come up with a way to strengthen those delicate ligaments in a pitchers elbow (if that’s even possible).

      • KetteringRedsFan

        I can see it now……..

        “In order to deal with the exponentially increasing rate of UCl injuries among major league pitchers, it has been determined that, henceforth, -all- pitchers entering organized baseball will have mandatory surgery at the age of 21, replacing the UCL with standardized synthetic materials approved by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.”

        Just joking, guys, just joking……..(exiting stage left, pursued by Gaffer)

      • sandman

        Shchi, My point exactly… I don’t think it’s possible to strengthen the UCL.

  8. IndyRedMan

    I bet Straily has a sub 4 era again….which would be better than a #5 in my book! I like the graphic they showed during the playoffs last year…..Kyle Hendricks and Straily had 2 of the slowest fastballs in the league. The average was 93ish so maybe being below hitting speed and knowing you can’t overpower them is better then being a flamethrower that’s slowing down.

    Bottom line….Straily isn’t the difference between winning or losing for the Reds but he would keep me more interested in a late July game when we’re 18 out