MILWAUKEE — Already close to his all-year innings total with the Minors, Reds rookie starting pitcher Hunter Greene was feeling the effects of the workload with two months left in the 2022 season.
When Greene didn’t feel well during a bullpen session Friday, Cincinnati took no chances and placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sprained right shoulder.
“He’s going to come back to get checked and take a test,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s serious enough to go to IL, but hopefully no more serious than keeping him out for 15 days and then bringing him back so he can finish his first season here strong. was concerning enough to take a closer look and just put things on hold for at least the 15 days.”
The move is retroactive to Tuesday. Greene was replaced on the roster by reliever Ryan Hendrix, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
“Just a little arm fatigue,” Greene said. “I just want to be careful with it and go about it the right way. We’ll just see where it goes.”
Greene will travel to Cincinnati on Saturday to be examined by team doctors.
“It’s frustrating to have to deal with it, but it is what it is,” Greene said. “I’m definitely looking towards the positives to come back as soon as possible.”
Overall, the rookie season has been tough for Greene. The right-hander is 4-12 with a 5.26 ERA in 20 starts, but leads the team with 127 strikeouts. He is also second in the Majors with 23 home runs allowed.
Greene has pitched 102 2/3 innings this season after working 106 1/3 in 2021 for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 21. Before making his big league debut in April, he recorded a total of 179 innings over three Minor League seasons, which included a gap of more than two years between pitching due to Tommy John’s right elbow surgery and the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season due to COVID -19.
“I really want to keep pushing,” Greene said. “I don’t want to put a timeline [the injury]. We’ll see where it goes.”
Greene was scheduled to start Sunday against the Brewers. A replacement has not been announced. The team’s rotation has already seen the departures of veterans Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle in the trades over the past week.
In the Reds’ 3-1 win over the Marlins on Monday, the 22-year-old Greene was sharp as he pitched six scoreless innings with one hit allowed, two hits and eight strikeouts.
“It’s something he’s felt from time to time and he just felt it a bit more the last time he started,” Bell said. “We thought he would be fine and he even threw a bullpen today and that’s when he felt it a little more than usual.”