The Cincinnati Reds sent right-handed reliever Tejay Antone to join Triple-A Louisville today on a rehab assignment. The Bats are currently in St. Paul, Minnesota. It’s been both an incredible and a tough year for Antone. He’s pitched in 22 games for the Reds this season and posted a 1.87 ERA. That’s the incredible part. But the tough part is that he’s only pitched in two games since June 6th and has had two different trips to the injured list – last pitching on June 24th against Atlanta when he allowed two runs in an inning of work. That was only the third game he had allowed a run on the season.
Cincinnati has been getting players back this past week from the injured list. Nick Castellanos and Mike Moustakas both returned, and Moustakas announced his presence with authority last night as he socked three doubles in the Reds 10-0 win. Lucas Sims has been with Louisville on rehab, but he’s close to his return as manager David Bell said on Friday afternoon that Sims could possibly be activated on Sunday. Nick Senzel is currently with the Bats on a rehab assignment, though he seems to have at least a few more games to go before he would return. The same holds true for Alex Blandino. Louisville currently seems to be made up of about half of the Reds opening day roster now that they have also added Tejay Antone.
How long the rehab stint for Antone will last is unknown. He’s been out just as long as Lucas Sims was, who last pitched on June 22nd. Sims was with Louisville beginning on July 27th and if he returns on Sunday, then it will have been 12 days of rehab time. Everyone is different, but it seems it could be a week to two weeks if the two situations are similar.