The Cincinnati Reds' injury report is overflowing with information. Whether or not you take that as good news for a team fighting in a difficult AL Central getting their athletes back ... or as bad news that they're in this kind of bind in the first place.
#reds notebook: Cueto; Parra getting it done; injury updates on Marshall, Broxton and Hanigan http://t.co/Fw4zpvWIHd
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 30, 2013
Opening day starter Johnny Cueto has not resumed throwing yet. Cueto, in fact, is still in Dominican after the All-Star Break. He could begin a new throwing program in a week.
“He probably won’t throw for at least another week,” Lessard said.
Cueto (4-2, 3.33 ERA) was on the DL from April 15 to May 19 with a strained right lat. He missed the first half of June with what was called a strained right shoulder, though it was related to the lat problem.
The Reds put their right-hander on the DL again June 29th, day after he left the series opener at Texas because of tightness in his upper back. Cueto threw only 29 pitches and came out one batter into the second inning that night.
Right-hander Jonathan Broxton, who has been on the disabled list since June 15 because of a strain in his elbow, is slated to throw in his first side bullpen session on Saturday.
"It all kind of depends on how tomorrow goes for what our next couple of days after that will be," head trainer Paul Lessard said.
Broxton sports a heavy 4.33 ERA with a 2-2 record. Known mostly for working setup for Aroldis Chapman in the 9th.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan, on the DL since July 11 with a left wrist sprain, started swinging a bat on Friday. Lessard felt that Hanigan would be ready to return when he's eligible for activation on Thursday.
While Hanigan has never been a power production king of guy, he still has never hit lower than .263 in a single season. But at this point he's hitting a dismal .193 with 2 homers and 14 runs batted in.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick hopes to begin rehab assignment next week.
The last time Ryan Ludwick was seen on the field, the Reds outfielder was in pain after separating his right shoulder following a head-first slide on Opening Day. The injury required surgery to repair a torn labrum and a lengthy rehabilitation.
"As long as this weekend goes well, no setbacks or something, he'll start the rehab assignment," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.
Ludwick has taken batting practice with the team on Thursday and Friday. He had been hitting on his own for about the last 10 days.
"He looked real good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Ludwick's Thursday session. "These other guys are four months ahead of him, and he's kind of a slow starter anyway. We have to give him enough at-bats so when he comes back, it's not Spring Training."
By rule, Ludwick's rehab assignment in the Minors can last up to 20 days. He has long been targeting an August return to the Reds' lineup.
Before he injured himself on April 1st, he was walked twice, making those his only two plate appearances of the season, although they're not technically official. However he is a career .263 hitter.
Left-hander Sean Marshall, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 with a sprained left shoulder, has had a setback in his throwing program. Marshall last threw in the bullpen on Sunday in Atlanta and was slated to throw to Reds hitters during Thursday's post-All-Star Game workout.
"At the end of the bullpen, he was a little tender," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said on Friday. "After treatments at the end of the day, he was feeling OK. Yesterday, we were planning on starting our workout with that live BP session, and while he was long tossing and warming up, he was still feeling some tenderness in the back of the shoulder. We shut it down."
A medical exam on Friday confirmed that Marshall had shoulder tendinitis.
"Thank God there is nothing else involved. We shut down the throwing program through this weekend," Lessard said. "We'll see how he responds. If he does well, he will resume his throwing program probably on Monday."
If Marshall is able to return to throwing soon, he is expected to pick up where he left off in his program.
He is known also for his setup role, usually in the 7th inning, sometimes the 8th. He has an impressive 2.57 ERA in 11 appearances this season.
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