Last night in Toledo the Louisville Bats had a big 12-3 win over the Mud Hens. During the game they got about as good of a night from their two big league rehabbing players as they could reasonably ask for, too.
Tyler Naquin, who is working his way back from a quad injury, got on base all five times he stepped to the plate. He homered to lead off the game on a ball that resembled a laser off of the bat.
Tyler Naquin homered in his first at-bat tonight for Louisville while on rehab. Absolute laser. pic.twitter.com/i2kiG2yMWj
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 2, 2022
Naquin would also add a single later in the game. Oh, and he walked the other three times. He’s only played in two games so far, but he certainly seemed to be feeling good about seeing pitches last night and doing exactly what you’re supposed to do with them.
Justin Dunn took the mound for his second rehab appearance – this was his first with Louisville after pitching in Dayton last weekend. All the right-handed starter did was fire out 3.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts. He was scheduled to throw 50-ish pitches in his outing or 3.0 innings, but he needed just 36 pitches to complete his outing, so he headed to the bullpen to finish up the remainder of his pitches and get his work in.
Lucas Sims out for the year
This was shared last night in the game recap, but we figured it would probably be good to share the news here, too. Lucas Sims is going to miss the rest of the season. The reliever has a herniated disc in his back that is going to require surgery next week. This was first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“It’s probably been there for a little bit,” Sims said. “Pitching irritated it. It just got unbearable. It’s hitting the nerve and I can’t feel my foot. That’s not good, so surgery next week.”