The Cincinnati Reds and Nick Lodolo got some bad news – the left-handed starter has suffered another stress reaction in his left tibia – first reported by Mark Sheldon of Reds.com. Lodolo hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since May when he had calf tendinosis, but it was also later revealed that he had a stress reaction in the tibia of his left leg. After starting his rehab 11 days ago in Arizona, he made one start with Double-A Chattanooga and one more with Triple-A Louisville. After that latter one, which took place on Sunday afternoon, things didn’t feel right and he would get an MRI that showed the stress reaction.
Cincinnati’s manager David Bell wasn’t willing to say that it would put an end to the season for Lodolo, but that does seem likely at this point with just a little over five weeks remaining in the regular season. The club had expected the left-handed starter to return at the end of the month after making one more rehab start in Triple-A, but that plan is now out the window. Lodolo is going to get a second opinion on the issue and everyone will get together after that to discuss what the options are.
That may mean that Brett Kennedy is going to stick around in the rotation a bit longer than expected. It may also mean that one 40-man roster move that the team was going to have to make won’t have to be made until after the season if Lodolo can’t return. They’ll still have to make some if and when Tejay Antone returns later this week (his rehab time limit is up soon), Justin Dunn returns, and perhaps Vladimir Gutierrez returns (he also suffered a setback on his rehab assignment last week and his timetable for return is up in the air and unknown at this point).