Cincinnati Reds reliever Art Warren began his rehab stint with the Louisville Bats this past week. On Thursday he threw a perfect inning against Nashville that included a strikeout. The righty then sat out the next two nights, but he returned to the mound on Sunday evening with the Bats. He took the mound in the 3rd inning and proceeded to strikeout the side.
It’s been a while since Art Warren last pitched. He injured himself on July 11th in Milwaukee and went on the injured list a few days later. Warren then missed the next seven weeks before beginning his rehab assignment. At the time of the injury he was pitching very well with Cincinnati. He had allowed just three runs in 14.1 innings (1.88 ERA) while striking out 21 batters in his first big league run since 2019 when he pitched in six games with the Seattle Mariners.
Given the extended layoff, Art Warren isn’t likely to be rushed back to Cincinnati. Manager David Bell noted on Friday that Warren would still need time to get back when compared to Brad Brach, who only had two rehab appearances before being activated on Sunday.
Reds fall behind the Padres in playoff race
Cincinnati’s loss on Sunday to the Detroit Tigers combined with a win by San Diego dropped the Reds to a half-game behind the Padres for the final spot in the wild card race. Here’s what the standings look like currently for that final wild card spot, along with the playoff odds for the teams still in the face according to Fangraphs.
The favorable remaining schedule still has the Reds just ahead of the Padres in terms of likelihood to make the playoffs, but the recent losing ways have really dropped the Cincinnati chances – they were as high as 73% in the last week.
The Reds now head to Chicago to take on the 63-75 Cubs at Wrigley. San Diego has Monday off before beginning a 2-game series with the Angels. Philadelphia hits the road to start a 3-game series against the Brewers. St. Louis will welcome the Dodgers in for a 4-game series. New York has a game against Washington on Monday and then they head to Miami for a 3-game set with the Marlins.