Hunter Greene has missed the last two months plus on the injured list while dealing with a hip issue. But he’s been working on a rehab assignment for the last couple of weeks and last night he pitched in Iowa in what is expected to be his final rehab appearance before returning to the Cincinnati Reds rotation. And did he make sure it counted, being charged with an unearned run in 5.2 innings where he allowed just one hit, including three walks and nine strikeouts.
We didn’t have any data from Hunter Greene’s first rehab start out in Arizona, but we did have data from his first two starts with Louisville. In those starts he averaged 95.9 and 95.6 MPH with his fastball. That’s not exactly what you expect from Greene. But last night in Iowa he was up three miles per hour and averaged 98.9 MPH and topped out at 100.6 MPH with his 4-seamer. After showing a splitter in his first two rehab starts with the Bats, the pitch didn’t show up last night as he worked with a regular change up and slider as his secondary offerings.
In his four rehab starts, Greene allowed four earned runs over his 14.0 innings (2.57 ERA) while giving up seven hits, walking seven batters, and striking out 15.
Nick Lodolo takes the next step
Hunter Greene was not the only Reds starting who pitched on rehab last night. Nick Lodolo also took the mound, but he was doing so for Double-A Chattanooga. Like Greene, Lodolo was pitching on the road. The Lookouts were facing the Birmingham Barons and the lefty was scheduled for three innings and or 50 pitches on the night and he almost nailed both of those.
It was a bit of a shaky beginning for Lodolo. After getting the first batter to fly out, Lodolo walked the next two batters. From that point forward he was perfect. He struck out the final two batters in the first inning, got a ground out to himself in between two strikeouts in the second inning, and then started the third inning with a ground out before striking out the final two hitters he faced. Three innings, 49 pitches, two walks, no hits, no runs, and six strikeouts.
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Last night was the lefty’s second rehab outing. He threw 2.0 shutout innings out in Arizona and between his two outings he now has 10 strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings where he’s allowed just one hit. Lodolo still has to build up his pitch count before he’ll re-join the Reds rotation, but he’s well on his way.