Sonny Gray threw against live hitters on Tuesday in Goodyear. He hadn’t done that yet this spring as he battles back from some elbow discomfort. Things went well against a few of the minor league hitters that he faced. And now he’ll be returning to the mound to throw a side session tomorrow, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Sonny Gray is scheduled to throw a side session tomorrow. If all goes well, he could start pitching in games afterward. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 6, 2019
Getting Sonny Gray into games soon would be ideal. There’s only so much time to get a guy stretched out for the start of the season. Assuming there’s not a rain out that messes up the schedule, the Cincinnati Reds wouldn’t need a 5th starter until April 6th. That’s a month from today. That should be enough time, with no set backs of course, to make things work. But much longer and it could mean starting the season with someone else in that final spot – even if just for a spot start.
Nick Senzel dealing with hamstring tightness
Nick Senzel won’t be playing under the lights in Goodyear as the Reds host the San Diego Padres. The outfielder/top prospect in the organization is dealing with a tight hamstring according to manager David Bell, reported by Mark Sheldon of Reds.com.
Bell says Senzel has been dealing with a tight hamstring. Could be back in the game tomorrow. #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 6, 2019
With the note that he could be back for the game tomorrow, this doesn’t seem like much to worry about. But it’s worth reporting on as there will certainly be those asking why he’s not playing in the lineup for a night game after that was said to be something they wanted to get him more experience with.