The Cincinnati Reds have placed Hunter Greene on the injured list with a shoulder strain. On Saturday he was back in Cincinnati to be examined and underwent an MRI and other tests. He will not need surgery (first reported by Mark Sheldon of Reds.com), but there is not a timeline for how long he may be out at this point, either.
With that move it opens up a spot in the rotation for the Cincinnati Reds and with their trades of Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle in the last week-and-a-half they are going to the minors to call up Justin Dunn from Triple-A Louisville to start on Monday (first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer). Dunn came over to the Reds in the trade with the Mariners. No, not that one. Or that one. Not that one, either. He was a part of the deal in March that sent Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to Seattle and brought back Jake Fraley and prospects Brandon Williamson and Connor Phillips.
Dunn missed nearly an entire year with a shoulder injury between last summer and this summer, pitching in just one rehab game last September before he was pulled from the game and then didn’t appear again in a game on a rehab assignment until June 26th (a full year and 10 days from his last big league appearance). He completed his rehab assignment and was optioned to Triple-A on July 24th. In the two starts since then he’s allowed nine runs in 8.0 innings on 12 hits, walked seven batters, hit three more, and struck out six. He’s struggled with his control, and as a result, his run prevention this year.
Elly De La Cruz does it again
It’s been a heck of a season for Elly De La Cruz, but this weekend he’s put up some highlights that have gone viral on social media.
On Friday night he had an inside-the-park home run that had everyone talking. Not only did he hit the ball incredibly hard (112 MPH exit velocity), and not only did he show off some of the best speed you’re going to see in baseball, but it was also his baseball IQ on display. It really had something for everyone.
ALWAYS be alert when Elly De La Cruz is on the basepaths.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 6, 2022
Last night he homered again. This time it was a more traditional one that went over the fence. And it went way over the fence, too. It was a 425 foot homer with an exit velocity of 111 MPH. The home run itself was a fun watch, but it was his Tim Anderson-like bat toss afterwards that people either loved, or in some cases, hated.
The Cincinnati Reds #1 prospect is now hitting .301/.356/.603 on the season with 24 home runs and 34 stolen bases. He’s one of eleventy-billion shortstops in the farm system right now, but he’s the one that the rest of them are going to have to try and pass up.