Manager David Bell provided updates on both Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo prior to the game with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon. Bell told the assembled media that Greene was on track to return “sometime in August” – first reported by Jeremy Rauch of Fox 19. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer further noted that Lodolo would be later than Greene in his return, but it was possible that he could be back in August. Both pitchers are throwing out in Arizona at this point in time.
What the Cincinnati Reds do between now and then will be interesting. As was reported on Friday afternoon, the club has been calling around the league and inquiring about starting pitchers. With a rotation of Andrew Abbott, Brandon Williamson, Graham Ashcraft, Ben Lively, and Luke Weaver as things sit right now – the team could use an upgrade.
There’s also the thing about hoping…. the Reds are hoping that things go as expected and both Greene and Lodolo can return. Given that neither is trying to overcome an arm injury, it’s helpful, but you don’t know that they’ll be back until they actually get back. Just look at Tony Santillan as an example for that. He missed the second half of 2022 with a back injury, and that kept him from being ready to start the season on time. But after starting a rehab stint he then suffered from both a knee and hamstring injury that delayed his return another two-and-a-half months.
Bell was not overly specific with when Greene could return within the month of August. There’s a pretty big difference between being able to return the first week in August and the final week of August. It’s probably not the final days of the month given that Lodolo is “behind” Greene’s schedule and it was reported he could potentially be back in August, too – but still, having a little bit closer of a window than “August” would be nice to hear.