The Cincinnati Reds sent left-handed pitcher Nick Lodolo out on a rehab assignment on Friday night. Lodolo, who hasn’t pitched in a game since the first week of May due to calf tendinosis and then later it was found that he also had a stress reaction in the same leg, took the mound for the Arizona Complex League Reds.
While the complex league is the lowest level of the minor leagues in the United States and the average age of the position player in the league is 19.8-years-old, Nick Lodolo did what you want to see. The lefty starter threw 2.0 shutout innings and allowed just one hit – a single – while walking no one and striking out four of the seven hitters that he faced. He also picked up two ground outs in the first inning (he struck out three batters in the 2nd inning).
With the amount of time he missed, Lodolo’s return is still likely several weeks away. He will need to build up his pitch count and innings workload before he can return to the big leagues. Lodolo can spend up to 30 days on his rehab assignment before the club must make a decision to either recall him to the big leagues or place him back on the injured list.
Cincinnati also had catcher Curt Casali go out on a rehab stint, but he headed to Minnesota to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats for his assignment. He’s missed the last three weeks with a foot contusion. In his first two at-bats he flew out to center and grounded out to shortstop. But in his third at-bat last night he singled up the middle. He would finish the day 1-3. As a position player he can only remain on a rehab assignment for 20 days. Given that he’s only been out for a few weeks he probably will not need the full time frame to be ready to return as long as everything goes well.