Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Kyle Lotzkar remains a wild card because of his inability to stay healthy. This came out last week and I missed it somehow. Kyle Lotzkar actually tore his labrum last season in his shoulder, but it didn’t require surgery. However, as a result, he will be used as a reliever moving forward in his career. Last year was the first time he had really made it a full season without an injury causing a chunk of missed time, and unfortunately he did wind up with an injury, just in the last two weeks of the season. Whenever you hear shoulder injury, it isn’t good. The fact that there was an actual tear in his shoulder and he is still pitching is concerning for the future, but let’s hope there is no further injury. It will be interesting to see how he responds to working out of the bullpen, both in terms of his stuff and the usage patterns given his arm history. Drew Hayes has impressed Dusty Baker this spring. However it is a good example of why it is not good to really pay attention to spring...
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