Justin Dunn does not need shoulder surgery. That’s the good news for Dunn and the Cincinnati Reds. The bad news is that he is still going to miss several months with the injury, though it’s possible he may still be able to pitch this season. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report the news after Dunn met with a specialist in New York. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com is reporting that the issue is inflammation in his subscapularis in his rotator cuff.
This news is just another piece to the puzzle of “what’s happening with Justin Dunn’s shoulder?”. When the Reds acquired Dunn last spring from the Seattle Mariners his shoulder was injured. He went on the injured list in the summer of 2021 and didn’t pitch, outside of one rehab game in Triple-A late in the year that he left early with a shoulder injury. Dunn didn’t get back into another game until June 26th of 2022 when he began a rehab assignment. He returned to the big leagues on August 8th and pitched in seven games before going back on the injured list with a shoulder that was bothering him. He returned to make a Triple-A rehab start on the 27th of September, throwing 3.0 hitless innings for Louisville, but the season ended before he’d get another chance to throw.
This spring, while getting ready for camp, his shoulder didn’t feel right once again and he had to shut things down. He attempted to throw a bullpen session in Goodyear but it didn’t go as planned and that’s how we got to this point we’re at now.
Given the diagnosis that Dunn will miss at least a few months, this likely means that if and when the Reds need a spot opened up on the 40-man roster (because of a signing, or needing to add a player not on the 40-man to the roster who makes the team out of spring training) that Dunn will be transferred to the 60-day injured list and open a spot up.