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Greene: I think I'm going to be ready for spring

Reds have yet to clear prospect to begin throwing program
MLB.com @m_sheldon

CINCINNATI -- This is an important offseason for Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene as he recovers from a right elbow injury. Greene is pleased with his progress thus far.

"Everything's going really well. I've been rehabbing. I feel awesome. I'm getting stronger, and I'm really excited for Spring Training," Greene said on Tuesday while at Compton's 14th annual MLB Youth Academy turkey giveaway in Southern California.

CINCINNATI -- This is an important offseason for Reds top pitching prospect Hunter Greene as he recovers from a right elbow injury. Greene is pleased with his progress thus far.

"Everything's going really well. I've been rehabbing. I feel awesome. I'm getting stronger, and I'm really excited for Spring Training," Greene said on Tuesday while at Compton's 14th annual MLB Youth Academy turkey giveaway in Southern California.

Video: MLB Compton Youth Academy hosts Turkey Giveaway

While pitching for Class A Dayton in 2018, Greene sprained his ulnar collateral ligament, ending his season in August.

"I think I'm going to be ready for Spring Training," Greene said. "I've been working out Monday through Friday, doing my pull workouts on the weekends. I feel great, I feel healthy. Really looking forward to just continuing to get back on the field and strive for greatness."

Greene went 3-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 18 starts during his first full Minor League season. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the Reds' No. 3 prospect and the No. 22 prospect overall.

The Reds have not cleared the 19-year-old to begin a throwing program yet.

"I go back to Arizona in about a week," Greene said. "I'll start throwing again, working on my mechanics and getting back to pitching."

Update on car accident victims
The Reds revealed on Wednesday that one of the Minor League players injured during a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic is improving.

Pitcher Raul Hernandez was moved out of the intensive care unit to an acute care neuro rehab unit on Wednesday. The club said that the 19-year-old Hernandez's condition is slowly and steadily improving. Outfielder Emilio Garcia, also 19, was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to treat the severe burns he suffered in the accident.

On Nov. 3, 19-year-old pitcher Jairo Capellan died in the accident in the Dominican city of Boca Chica. The two other injured players were transferred to a hospital in Florida.

All three players spent the 2018 season with the Reds' Dominican Summer League team.

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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