The Cincinnati Reds announced today that right-handed pitchers Sonny Gray and Jeff Hoffman would join the Triple-A Louisville Bats this week to make rehab appearances as they work their way back from injuries.
Jeff Hoffman is set to make his first rehab appearance tonight for the Louisville Bats as they open up a home series against Indianapolis. It’s been nearly a month since he was on the mound. On May 26th he made a start against the Washington Nationals but exited the game with an injury in the 2nd inning after having walked five batters without recording a strikeout. The righty has been recovering from the shoulder injury since, but is now ready to get back on the mound.
A starting pitcher for the Reds in the first two months, he may not have a spot in the rotation to come back to when he returns. That may not be a bad thing as he’s been significantly better the first time through the lineup than the second time through the lineup this season, and as a reliever he’s not likely to face guys for a second time. That could benefit the bullpen that needs as much help as it can possibly get right now. With that said, the plan is to build him up as a starting pitcher with multiple outings that will increase his usage each time out.
For Sonny Gray, he will make his rehab start on Thursday for the Bats. He last pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8th. Gray left the game in the middle of the start, injuring himself while warming up between the 3rd and 4th innings. He had been on a roll during the game, tossing 3.0 shutout innings with five strikeouts before the injury.
He’s set to throw 3.0 innings in his rehab start. Assuming that all goes well he would then rejoin the Cincinnati Reds rotation five days later.