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DeSclafani cleared by Reds to resume throwing

Right-hander missed start on Tuesday with elbow tenderness
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani couldn't wait to get his uniform and shoes on and get outside. That's because after a few days of being shut down with right elbow tenderness, DeSclafani was cleared on Thursday morning to resume throwing.

DeSclafani was examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani couldn't wait to get his uniform and shoes on and get outside. That's because after a few days of being shut down with right elbow tenderness, DeSclafani was cleared on Thursday morning to resume throwing.

DeSclafani was examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.

"I'm good," DeSclafani said. "I'm going to start tossing here. I don't know the schedule or any timetables or that stuff. All I know is I'm tossing, and I'm happy."

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Reds manager Bryan Price had first revealed the issue on Monday, and shutting down DeSclafani was viewed mostly as a precaution. But DeSclafani was scratched from his first spring start on Tuesday.

"I wasn't really ever worried, honestly," DeSclafani said. "I knew it was something I've had before, and something I needed to take a few days and get it knocked out. It feels knocked out right now."

The Reds have not announced who their Opening Day starter will be vs. the Phillies on April 3 at Great American Ball Park, but it's widely expected to be DeSclafani. The honor likely would have been his last year, but he suffered a strained left oblique in his final spring start. That put him on the disabled list until his June 10 debut.

Over his 20 starts last season, DeSclafani was 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA, 123 1/3 innings and one complete game.

More from Thursday

• The Reds worked out former Red Sox, Indians and Cardinals right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson and had him throw to hitters on a practice field. Any interest the club might have in Masterson, who did not pitch in the Majors last season, would be for a Minor League deal.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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