The minor league baseball season is nearly complete. Triple-A is the only level still playing, and there are only three games remaining on the Louisville Bats schedule. That leaves just enough time for the Cincinnati Reds to send starting pitcher Justin Dunn on a rehab assignment. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Dunn will join the Bats in Gwinnett to make a rehab start on Tuesday.
Justin Dunn missed more than 12 months between big league starts from the middle of the 2021 season when he was with the Seattle Mariners and the middle of 2022 after he was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds. His shoulder injury didn’t require surgery, but it took him just about as long to recover from it as if he had undergone surgery. Twice since returning he’s noted that his shoulder seemed to “tighten up” on him during a game. He also said that he didn’t believe it was a big deal. The second time led to the current injured list stint. That was two weeks ago, so it seems that Dunn was correct in his assessment that it wasn’t likely a big deal.
With a start on Tuesday, assuming all goes well, Dunn could return to Cincinnati’s active roster and get one more start in the books before the regular season is over. The recently turned 27-year-old has only made seven starts this season. After a poor beginning to his season in his first two outings he threw well in three straight games from August 20th through the 30th, but he struggled in his last two outings where he waslked seven batters with just two strikeouts while giving up four home runs and nine earned runs in just 7.2 innings.
Dunn will join Aramis Garcia on the rehab assignment. Garcia, who has missed the last two-and-a-half months with a finger injury has played in two games for Louisville on his current rehab assignment, going 2-6 with a home run and a walk. One of the games he served as the designated hitter, while in the other one he started behind the plate.