Reds being cautious with rehabbing pitchers

DeSclafani, Iglesias, Bailey taking steps to return

May 14th, 2016
Anthony DeSclafani threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday in his rehab from a strained left oblique. (AP)AP

PHILADELPHIA -- So many Reds players -- mainly pitchers -- have been injured this season that it seems like going over injury reports is a daily nuance. Even the slightest advancement towards returning from the disabled list can pique interest.

For instance, on Saturday, Anthony DeSclafani successfully tested his strained left oblique with a 25-pitch bullpen session. It was DeSclafani's first time on a mound since he had a setback during his second and final rehab assignment start late last month. The good news was he felt no bad sensation in the oblique.

"Yeah, I feel like I've said that a couple of times," DeSclafani said. "I think this should be the last go-round, hopefully. I felt really good. It's been feeling really good throwing the past couple of days. We'll see how I recover and how I feel after the next bullpen."

Back in Cincinnati, starter Raisel Iglesias (right shoulder impingement) has resumed his throwing program.

"He has absolutely no soreness when he throws," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Homer Bailey, who is trying to get over a setback in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, has been throwing every other day.

All three pitchers naturally want to move closer to getting their names off of those injury reports, but Price noted there will be no express routes taken.

"I think that we're pulling back and being more extra cautious on rehabs," Price said. "My point is we already follow very stringent protocols on the rehabs. I think we're being even more deliberate now because of the run of bad luck we've had with this. What I want to make sure is clear is we were never fast-tracking anybody, but it feels like now what we're doing is pulling back and trying to make sure everyone has even more time.

"When we talked about Iglesias, we thought it might be one or two starts initially before he was back. Now the guy is just starting to play catch. I would say it's a very disciplined approach to rehab."

DeSclafani, who was supposed to be the Opening Day starter, had a setback in early April and the second one in late April, just before he was due to return from the DL. He understands the deliberate approach being taken.

"I guess after you've had a couple of setbacks, they're going to slow it down so we don't have to keep doing them," DeSclafani said. "It seems like the most logical thing. I'd rather be cautious right now and get this thing knocked out because it's been frustrating."

Worth noting

• Jose Peraza, called up from Triple-A Louisville on Friday when Billy Hamilton went on bereavement leave, is the eighth player on the current roster who was not with the Reds on Opening Day. The club has had several other players already come and go, as well. The attrition and turnover has created a different dynamic.

"We talked about the transition this year," Price said. "So you expect that there's going to be some newness to the players, and I thought we had the newness coming out of camp. Now we have new newness, where there's so many players that we've seen -- nine starters and a ton of bullpen transitional pieces, and now some on the position player side as well. There's a funk to it, but guys come to the ballpark with a good attitude."