The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff is a mess right now. We can include in that the Triple-A Louisville Bats, too. Between the two teams there are 17 pitches on the injured list – that’s enough to fill out an entire pitching staff and have several pitchers left over. The Reds signed Chase Anderson over the weekend and he’ll be joining the rotation on Monday night, but more on that later. More help could be on the way soon. Hunter Greene has been throwing after a shoulder injury sidelined him early this month and after throwing a live batting practice session on Saturday and coming through the recovery from that as expected, he’s going to be heading out on a rehab assignment this week.
“I felt great out there,” Greene said after his live batting practice session. “There’s still some things – my slider’s still popping a little bit. But for the most part my body felt great. All the guys had really great feedback. Looking forward to getting back.”
The live batting practice provided some additional benefits that throwing out in the bullpen simply doesn’t. “Out here, being able to see what the shape really looks like and reading the hitters a little bit. Kind of leaning on the Austin a little too, him being a hitter and the perspective he has from behind home plate as well. Being able to put all of those together you give yourself a pretty good idea of what it’ll look like in competition.”
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Greene will head off for a rehab start on Thursday and that he will make two rehab starts before coming back and re-joining the big league club’s rotation.
Update: 5:30pm ET on August 29th
Hunter Greene’s first rehab start will be with Triple-A Louisville. This was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
Chase Anderson to start Monday
Two days ago the Cincinnati Reds signed Chase Anderson to a minor league contract after he opted out of his deal with the Rays late last week. The Reds didn’t send him to the minors, instead placing him on the taxi squad during their road trip. He was announced as the starter for Monday’s game in Cincinnati as the team welcomes in the St. Louis Cardinals.
Anderson has not yet pitched in the big leagues this season. From 2014-2021 he pitched in at least 10 games in the majors every year. The last two years he’s struggled in the big leagues, posting an ERA of 7.22 in 10 games in 2020 with Toronto and a 6.75 ERA in 14 games with the Phillies in 2021. From 2014-2019 his ERA was 3.94 in 166 games at the highest level.
In 2022 he’s pitched in Triple-A for the Tigers and Rays organizations. With the Tigers team in Toledo he was mostly a starting pitcher, making 15 starts and two relief appearances and posting a 4.63 ERA. After he opted out of his deal with Detroit he signed on with Tampa Bay and they moved him into the bullpen with their Triple-A affiliate in Durham. The 34-year-old made nine relief appearances and one start where he was used as an “opener” and pitched the 1st inning. His ERA was 3.60 in his 10.0 innings with the Bulls before he opted out and signed with Cincinnati.