Last week Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that there was an outside chance that Michael Lorenzen could rejoin the team before the All-Star break. He began a rehab assignment with the Arizona Complex League Reds on July 1st when he threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts in Goodyear. Earlier today the organization announced that he was being sent to Triple-A to join the Louisville Bats and continue his rehab assignment.
Louisville is off on Monday’s during this season, but Michael Lorenzen is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and Thursday in Louisville for the Bats. If that goes well, it’s possible that he could join the team in Milwaukee over the weekend.
“I do still think the best case would be this weekend,” said manager David Bell. “Again, not trying to get too far ahead of ourselves. He’s going to pitch tomorrow and then he’ll pitch again on Thursday. Down Friday, day off Friday, which would allow the possibility of him joining us this weekend. We won’t make any decisions based on anything but what’s best for Michael. But it could work out to where we could have him back this weekend. That would be great. That would mean everything goes well for him in these next two outings.”
Jeff Hoffman’s role is still unknown
Louisville will have their share of rehabbing players this week. Along with Michael Lorenzen the team also has Max Schrock, Michael Feliz, and Jeff Hoffman. On Wednesday Jeff Hoffman is schedule to make another start for the Bats. What is role is when he returns, though, doesn’t seem to have been determined.
“He’s staying on track, continuing to build up,” said Bell prior to the game on Tuesday. “After this start tomorrow he’ll be fully built up as a starter. I think there’s some advantage to that. Then we can kind of see where we are and go from there. With the All-Star break, a few different guys are kind of on the tail end of their rehab are ready to come back. We’ll have some decisions to make. It’s nice that he’s healthy and he’s pitching well, and he’ll fully be built up as a starter and we can decide where he fits in best.”
Mike Moustakas still feeling some soreness
It’s still going to be a while until we see infielder Mike Moustakas back on the field for the Cincinnati Reds as his heel continues to be an issue.
“He’s still dealing with some soreness,” said David Bell. He’s still trying to get past that point. He’s still a ways away. He’s not close right now, but he’s progressing. The pain has definitely gotten better. No baseball activity yet.”
With that said, you may see him in the dugout because he is on the road trip.