At Spring Training last year, the Reds lost two starting pitchers early to injury, and before April was over they had lost four-fifths of the rotation to the disabled list. Heading into camp for the upcoming season, manager Bryan Price was optimistic. Three veterans who spent much of 2017 injured -- Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan, are healthy and having normal offseasons. "I've spoken with several of [the pitchers] and have gotten good reports from [strength coach] Sean Marohn and [head trainer] Steve Baumann," Price said. The only pitcher behind schedule and not expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training is Rookie Davis. In early October, Davis had right hip surgery to repair the labrum and remove a bone spur. The right-hander began a throwing program this week. "We'll certainly be cautious with how we get him ready," Price said. "We are at 31 [pitchers] total coming into camp. Thirty out of the 31, right now as we speak, we consider healthy and ready to compete in Spring Training on time without being behind schedule." Finnegan had surgery last season to repair the teres major muscle near his left shoulder. Following a slip and fall on a boat during the summer, he also had right shoulder surgery. DeSclafani missed the entire season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Bailey had bone chips removed from his right elbow just before camp opened -- his third elbow surgery since 2014. He was limited to 18 starts and posted a 6.43 ERA.
Price encouraged by rotation health pre-camp
MLB.com | Jan 20