Tejay Antone had a dominant rookie season in 2020 and was following up on that in 2021 until he wound up missing the second half of the year and undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. Antone missed all of 2022 and now he’s going to miss at least part of 2023 after suffering a strained flexor. Antone announced on his instagram page that he had a PRP injection today to help speed things up.
Anotne closed out his video by saying I’ll be there for the playoff push in the second half. His optimism aside from a team standpoint, it’s unclear if he’s saying he won’t be ready until the second half of the 2023 season or if that was just him kind of noting that he isn’t going to be ready to begin the year.
When on the mound, Antone has been a difference maker for the Reds. In his 69.0 innings with Cincinnati in his two seasons he’s posted a 2.48 ERA and struck out 87 batters while allowing just 37 hits. The Reds are entering spring training with a lot of spots open in the bullpen, though they were likely hoping that the three players who were coming back from injury – Antone, Lucas Sims, and Tony Santillan – would be healthy and ready to go.
Both Lucas Sims and Tony Santillan are trying to return from back injuries in 2022. Sims, who broke out in 2020 when he posted a 2.45 ERA, barely pitched in 2022. In his 6.2 innings he walked more batters than he struck out and posted a 9.45 ERA. He went on the injured list in May with back spasms. In July he underwent surgery to fix a herniated disc and didn’t pitch again during the year. Santillan posted a 2.91 ERA as a rookie in 2021, but his season was over by mid-June in 2022 as he dealt with a back injury that limited him to just 19.2 innings pitched. There hasn’t been much of an update on either of these two players since last year. With spring training beginning next week we’ll likely know where they stand soon.