The Cincinnati Reds are sending two more players on rehab assignment today. Right-handed pitchers Vladimir Gutierrez and Casey Legumina are set to being rehab stints in the Arizona Complex League tonight. They’ll join right-handed reliever Tejay Antone with the club after he started his rehab assignment a few days ago (he threw a perfect inning with a strikeout in his only appearance thus far).
For Vladimir Gutierrez, it will mark the return to the mound in a game for the first time since June 3rd of last season. He threw one inning that day out of the bullpen for the Reds against the Washington Nationals. He would undergo Tommy John surgery a little more than a month later and he hasn’t been in a game since. Gutierrez had a solid rookie season in 2021 when he made 22 starts for the club and posted a 4.74 ERA (99 ERA+), but his 2022 campaign saw him eventually be removed from the rotation after eight starts and post a 7.61 ERA before finding out he needed his elbow repaired.
It has been a little over a month since Casey Legumina last took the mound for the Reds. His most recent outing was on June 20th against the Colorado Rockies. That night he allowed three runs in an inning of work. He was placed on the injured list with shoulder pain following the outing. It was only his second outing after his return from an ankle injury that was the result of taking a comebacker off of his leg against the Miami Marlins in mid-May. Prior to his outing in Colorado his ERA was 4.22 on the season, but those three runs against Colorado pushed it up to 6.17 where it sits now.
Given the difference in amount of time off, it’s likely that Legumina will require less time to return than Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see where the Reds go with Gutierrez, too. Will he rehab with the plan of using him as a reliever, or will he build up innings in an attempt to see if he can start this season?