2:28pm: Lorenzen had a setback in his preliminary restoration from the shoulder pressure and, after getting a second opinion from a specialist, not too long ago acquired a plasma-rich platelet injection, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. He’s scheduled for a second such injection in two weeks, and the Reds are hopeful that he’ll have the ability to return someday within the month of June. That, after all, relies on how his shoulder responds to the pair of injections, although
2:21pm: The Reds introduced Wednesday that they’ve claimed lefty Phillip Diehl off waivers from the Rockies and optioned him to their alternate coaching web site. Righty Michael Lorenzen was transferred to the 60-day injured checklist in a corresponding transfer. Lorenzen has been battling a shoulder pressure, and supervisor David Bell not too long ago told reporters that the right-hander’s restoration was “not going as quick as [Lorenzen] would really like.”
The waiver declare represents a homecoming for the 26-year-old Diehl, a Cincinnati native who attended Moeller Excessive College earlier than enjoying his faculty ball at Louisiana State. The Rockies acquired Diehl from the Yankees in trade for Mike Tauchman — a commerce they’d certainly like again — and Diehl has been tagged for 13 runs in 13 1/3 innings thus far in his temporary profession. It’s a small pattern, so take this with a grain of salt, however all 13 of these runs have are available in 6 1/3 innings at Coors Area; Diehl is unscored upon on the highway.
Diehl was hit arduous in his lone season of Triple-A ball, recording a 6.75 ERA and serving up a staggering 16 house runs in 45 1/3 frames. That got here in 2019’s juiced ball season, nevertheless, and he was glorious all through his minor league profession to that time. He boasts a 0.90 ERA in 40 innings of Double-A ball and a 3.15 mark throughout two Class-A ranges. On the entire, he’s punched out a hefty 30.5 p.c of the hitters he’s confronted within the minors in opposition to a equally spectacular 7.1 p.c stroll charge. Diehl additionally has a minor league possibility remaining, so it’s not too robust to see why the Reds had been intrigued.
With regard to Lorenzen, it’s an unlucky growth for one of many recreation’s extra fascinating gamers. Lorenzen has been one of many Reds’ high setup males in recent times however was additionally a part-time outfielder — a powerful defender in heart subject with a profession .235/.284/.432 batting line in 146 profession plate appearances. He’s belted seven homers in that point and in addition chipped in a trio of doubles, a triple and even 5 stolen bases (in seven makes an attempt).
The Reds had been planning to present Lorenzen an audition within the beginning rotation this yr, nevertheless it appears the shoulder troubles will desk that experiment by not less than the season’s first two months. Lorenzen’s preliminary 10-day IL placement was on Opening Day, retroactive to March 28 — the utmost three days allowed when backdating an IL stint. He’ll be eligible for return 60 days from that time, not from at present’s switch.
Within the meantime, the Reds will sit up for getting Sonny Gray again within the close to future. He’ll be part of Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle and Wade Miley as locks within the rotation. Jeff Hoffman has gotten a pair of early seems to be, too, however sooner or later one would count on electrical multi-inning reliever Tejay Antone to get a chance to point out he’s worthy of a rotation job.