TODAY: It doesn’t look like Greene will need surgery, according to multiple reporters (including Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The exact results of Greene’s MRI are unknown, nor is his timetable for a possible return.
AUGUST 5: The Reds have announced that they have placed correctly Hunter Greene on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to August 2, with a strain in his throwing shoulder. redeemer Ryan Hendrix has been recalled to take his place on the active roster.
Greene, who turns 23 tomorrow, has spent a year in the rotation after breaking camp with the big league club. The former second overall pick made his first 20 top-level starts, working to a 5.26 ERA in 102 2/3 innings. Nothing but Josiah Gray has allowed more home runs than Greene’s 23, but he also flashed the promise that made him one of the sport’s top pitching prospects. He averages an absurd 98.7 MPH on his four-seam fastball and regularly eclipses triple digits. Unsurprisingly, Greene has missed out on bats at an above average 13.5% of his supply and an excellent attack from opponents 28.8%.
It’s not clear how long the Reds expect Greene to be out for, but the mention of a shoulder injury is certainly not ideal. Cincinnati is looking ahead to 2023 as they sit at the bottom of the National League, so there’s no reason not to tread lightly for a player so vital to the franchise’s long-term future.
Manager David Bell will have to patch things up on the mound. Along with Greene’s absence, Cincinnati was shipped Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahlea in the past week. Nick Lodolo, Mike Minor and Graham Ashcraft have established rotational roles, while the club brought forward Robert Dugger if at least a spot starter for tonight. They will have to do the same against the Brewers on Sunday, when Greene was scheduled to get the ball.