Wood 'a little sore' after recovery setback

June 26th, 2019

ANAHEIM -- ’s recovery has stalled once again, as the left-hander was experiencing back soreness from a live batting-practice session thrown on Saturday, the Reds announced Tuesday.

Wood, who was shut down with lower back spasms during Spring Training, was scheduled to throw a side session on Tuesday before setting out on a rehab assignment. It is unclear when he will resume throwing.

“He’s a little sore, so we’re trying to figure out the next step,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Hopefully, it’s just a minor setback. Don’t know a whole lot more than he was just a little bit sore after his live BP [on Saturday in Milwaukee], so we’ll have to wait and see. I feel for him, and certainly we’re anxious to get him back, so not great news.”

Wood, who has yet to pitch for the Reds this season, had been traveling with the team, but did not make the trip to Anaheim for the two-game set against the Angels. He is currently in Louisville, where he had expected to make a rehab start on Thursday.

Gennett getting closer

Second baseman , on the other hand, is progressing nicely in his rehab assignment. After four games with Class A Advanced Daytona, Gennett joined Triple-A Louisville in Indianapolis, where he went 2-for-4 with a double on Monday. His return appears imminent, though the exact date is yet to be determined.

“Nothing decided yet. He’s certainly very close to joining us,” said Bell. “We’re still watching everything he’s doing. The last thing we wanted to do is rush him when he hasn’t had the opportunity to make all the movements out on the field, but he’s getting close. He’s had plays where he’s had to slide, he’s had to go home to first, he’s done just about everything.”

Gennett has been out for the entire season with a right groin strain sustained during Spring Training. He went 0-for-4 for Louisville on Tuesday, successfully handling a lineout and a pair of groundouts at second base.

Jose Peraza, Derek Dietrich and Kyle Farmer have split the bulk of the second base duties in Gennett’s absence.