On Sunday we saw Justin Dunn take the mound in Dayton for the High-A Dragons. He allowed a run in 2.0 innings on three hits and a walk while striking out a batter. It was only the second game he’d pitched in over the last calendar year. The other game was a rehab outing in Triple-A last September when he was with Seattle and he left the game after one batter. Prior to that outing the last time he had pitched was on June 17th, 2021.
Tonight we’ll get to see Justin Dunn take another step towards returning to the big league mound. Cincinnati has moved him to Triple-A for his next step in rehab. He’s expected to pitch 3.0 innings with a pitch limit of 50. The Bats are in Toledo, so it will be a road start for Dunn.
The Reds rotation may be changing soon with all of the pitchers working their way back. Nick Lodolo’s rehab assignment is complete and he will pitch in the big leagues next week. Justin Dunn is working on his return. That would make for seven starting pitchers for five spots in short order. Of course, with where Cincinnati is, it’s possible that they could make a trade or two in order to open up spots. It’s also possible that a move to the bullpen or even a move back to the minor leagues could be in store to get back to five pitchers in the rotation.
More Rehab News
Tyler Naquin began his rehab assignment last night for Louisville. He started the game in right field and went 0-3 with a strikeout. He’s coming back from a quad strain.
Alexis Diaz, who is working his way back from biceps tendinitis, threw a bullpen on Wednesday with no issues.
Tyler Stephenson is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
Tyler Stephenson (broken thumb) says the current plan is to begin a rehab assignment Monday. Thumb feels good while hitting and throwing.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 1, 2022