There was some good stuff to see on the field on Tuesday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately there was also some not-so-good stuff that took place, too. Nick Lodolo looked dominant on the mound as he stretched out to 3.0 innings. On the flip side, infielder Donovan Solano suffered a hamstring injury while running the bases and exited the game early.
Reiver Sanmartin started the game for Cincinnati on Tuesday and he was charged with an unearned run while allowing just one hit in 3.0 innings and he picked up a strikeout. The lefty has not allowed an earned run in his 4.0 innings this spring. He was followed by fellow left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo who matched him and then some. Lodolo, the first pitcher selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, threw 3.0 shutout innings while allowing just one hit and he picked up three strikeouts along the way. He’s now allowed just one run in 7.1 innings this spring and has allowed five hits, walked just one, and struck out nine.
Both Reiver Sanmartin and Nick Lodolo are trying to earn a spot in the Reds rotation. With three spots open, the only starters remaining in big league camp are Tyler Mahle, Vladimir Gutierrez, Hunter Greene, Reiver Sanmartin, and Nick Lodolo. Earlier in the day, Tony Santillan confirmed to Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he would be pitching out of the bullpen. It seems that at this point the rotation may very well be set unless the Reds decide to go with a 4-man rotation early on or use Jeff Hoffman in the rotation even though he’s not scheduled to start over the next week.
The Donovan Solano injury hasn’t yet been discussed as to the severity, simply relayed by the Reds that it was a hamstring injury. He started the game at shortstop, likely to give the manager a chance to see him there as a potential option to be the backup to Kyle Farmer at the position in the early part of the season. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. In the 3rd inning Solano singled and drove in a run. But after Tyler Stephenson singled to follow, Solano reached second base but then grabbed at the back of his leg and quickly exited the game with manager David Bell and trainer Tomas Vera. If we want to try and parse any good news from what we could see, Solano walked off the field on his own – though he didn’t seem pleased – and also carried his own gear bag from the dugout as he headed into the clubhouse.
Update on March 30th
Donovan Solano is not expected to be healthy for opening day and is expected to begin the season on the injured list.