Mike Minor had a sore shoulder early on in spring training and that kept him from pitching during games in the shortened ramp up for the regular season. He was throwing during much of the spring, but never got to the point where he was able to go in games. This week that changed, though, and Cincinnati sent him to Double-A Chattanooga to begin a rehab assignment. Things went about as poorly as they could go, too, as he allowed six earned runs in the first inning and reached his 45 pitch count limit before he could get out of the second inning.
As we wrote at the time, think of the outing more like a second spring training start – all that really matters is getting through it healthy. Unfortunately for the Reds and Mike Minor, that didn’t happen. This afternoon it was announced that the team had called Minor back from his rehab stint because his shoulder was once again sore.
At least for now this means that the rotation isn’t going to be changing soon. If Minor was able to get through his rehab starts, he probably would have returned to the rotation for the final week of April. That would have left one of Reiver Sanmartin, Nick Lodolo, or Hunter Greene looking at a trip to the bullpen or to Triple-A in order to make room in the rotation for him. That is still a possibility, but it’s one where the decision is going to be kicked down the road.
Of course it’s also something that could happen if and when Luis Castillo gets back. Like Minor, his spring training didn’t ever really get started due to a sore shoulder. He was a little behind Minor, but threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another one today in Los Angeles. At this point he’s likely to return before Minor is.