ST. LOUIS -- Reds infielder Eugenio Suarez has started hitting off of a tee without any pain as he continues to recover from a fractured right thumb.
Suarez sustained the injury after getting hit by a Jameson Taillon pitch against the Pirates on April 8. The Reds placed him on the disabled list the next day.
"He's a quick healer," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "I can't tell you when he'll be back, but I'd say it will be quicker than most people who have sustained that same injury."
Suarez compiled a .296 average with two home runs and seven RBIs in just 27 at-bats before he got hurt. Suarez is encouraged by his progress.
"Tee and soft toss, I did it yesterday, and I will do it today, too, and we'll see what happens today and tomorrow," Suarez said.
Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder) also made the road trip, and the reliever is making progress.
"He's got a schedule of throwing, I believe tomorrow, in the outfield and flat ground-type stuff," Riggleman said. "I believe he's got a couple of those sessions, and then get him in a bullpen after a day off from that."
Riggleman hopes Lorenzen will be ready for a rehab assignment in a couple of weeks.
Reds go green
Sunday is Earth Day, and the Reds are among many Major League clubs leading the charge to become more environmentally friendly.
The Reds have installed LED field lighting at Great American Ball Park. The lights enhance the fan experience, are more energy efficient and have a lifespan of 30 years.
The Reds have also placed 200 recycle bins throughout their home park. The team installed pedal faucet controls in all concession areas and replaced existing urinals with .125 gallons per flush units.
The Reds donated food to local food banks and excess clothing, office supplies and kitchenware to local non-profit organizations.