The Cincinnati Reds have announced that right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen will be joining the Arizona Complex League Reds today to begin a rehab assignment. That is their team that plays at the spring training facility in Goodyear, formerly known as the AZL Reds. They have played just two games this season, but get back on schedule tonight. They also announced that outfielder Scott Heineman cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.
When spring training began Michael Lorenzen was trying to win a spot in the rotation. And it seemed that he was going to take a spot in the rotation, too. That is until a shoulder injury shut him down in the middle of the spring. At first it was thought that he wouldn’t miss more than a few weeks and then he could join the team in early April. He didn’t recover as hoped and had a bit of a setback and took a lot longer to get going. But he’s been throwing out in Arizona at the Reds complex and he’s now ready to join the team out on the field.
The big difference now is that Michael Lorenzen is going to be rehabbing as a reliever with a hopeful return to the bullpen after the All-Star break. This is likely just the first stop for Lorenzen on his return. In the last week manager David Bell has noted that Lorenzen would likely pitch at Louisville on his way back. That could be his only other stop along the way because Triple-A has different protocols for players for when they are promoted. That would make things easier for everyone involved to get him back on the mound in Cincinnati.
Scott Heineman clears waivers
When the Reds called up Alejo Lopez earlier this week the team had to create an opening for him on the 40-man and 26-man roster and they did so by designating Scott Heineman for assignment. He cleared waivers today and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. As a player who has been designated for assignment previously in his career he has the right to either accept the assignment or to become a free agent. That decision, if it has been made, has not yet been announced.