The Cincinnati Reds have announced that left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood will be starting on Sunday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies. The original plan stated was that he would get one more rehab appearance before making his 2019 debut. Things changed, apparently, and he’ll debut this weekend at home for the Reds.
The big pitching acquisition in the trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason has battled a back issue since February. After attempting to start throwing several times and being shut down, he was able to begin actual rehab games the first week of the month. He made three starts with the Louisville Bats. While in Triple-A he threw 5.1 innings in that span – with his last start there lasting just 2.0 innings after rain came on and delayed the game for nearly three hours. The next time he was scheduled to pitch was an off day for Louisville, so he headed to join Double-A Chattanooga in Birmingham where he allowed one run over 6.0 innings with four strikeouts on the 22nd. He threw 85 pitches in that start and got stretched out enough that the Reds are comfortable sending him out there on Sunday.
The Reds rotation, as announced, will be as follows:
- Luis Castillo – Friday
- Anthony DeSclafani – Saturday
- Alex Wood – Sunday
- Sonny Gray – Monday
- Tanner Roark – Tuesday
- Luis Castillo – Wednesday
That would seem to, at least for the time being, have Lucas Sims out of the rotation. That’s not unsurprising given that it felt like he was just making a spot start. But it does leave open the question of what will happen when Tyler Mahle is ready to return from the injured list (hamstring).
Kyle Farmer to begin rehab in Dayton tonight
Cincinnati Reds infielder/catcher Kyle Farmer is in Dayton right now and set to catch tonight for the Low-A Dragons. He has passed all of the concussion protocol required by Major League Baseball to begin playing again. He will be paired up in a battery with 2019 1st round pick Nick Lodolo, who is also making his first career appearance with the Dragons tonight. Farmer will be batting 3rd in the lineup. He is not expected to catch the entire