Spring training never goes by without some injuries, and 2019 isn’t any different. While there was some good news on the injury front when it comes to Sonny Gray yesterday. He’s scheduled to pitch this weekend for the Reds in a spring training game. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com provided some updates on some of the other players that have not yet played in games yet.
We will begin with the bad news, first. Alex Blandino will not be ready to play when the season begins. The infielder suffered a torn ACL last season in July while playing for the Reds and had to have surgery to repair the injury. While recovering from an ACL surgery has improved drastically in the last two decades, it’s still a long process. What used to take 12-18 months is now in the 8-12 month range. For Blandino, the start of April would be at that eight month mark.
Whether or not Alex Blandino was going to make the team if he were healthy would have been up in the air. With the Reds and David Bell stating they are looking at a 13-man pitching staff it leaves very few available spots on the bench for position players. Toss in that the team also brought in proven big leaguers like Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias it cuts down on the likelihood that another infielder grabs a spot.
On the mound both Matt Bowman and Robert Stephenson have yet to throw in games. Stephenson has been dealing with shoulder inflammation, while Bowman has been dealing with a lat injury. Both pitchers have thrown side bullpen sessions this week. As reported by Mark Sheldon they will both throw live batting practice today. If all goes well the following step is likely to get them into games.
Nick Senzel has been dealing with a tight hamstring. He was held out of the game on Wednesday night. He did, however, participate in practice during the afternoon as normal.