MILWAUKEE — Already close to his innings total for all of last year in 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 wasn’t feeling too good during a bullpen session Friday, Cincinnati took no chances and placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right shoulder strain.
“He’s coming back to be looked at and tested,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s serious enough to go on the disabled list, but I hope it’s not more serious than keeping him out for 15 days and then having him back so he can finish his first season here strong. It was enough concern to look further. closely and just put a pause on things for at least 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 bit of arm fatigue,” Greene said. “I just want to be cautious with it and do it the right way. We’ll see where it goes.”
Greene will head to Cincinnati on Saturday to be examined by team doctors.
“It’s frustrating having to deal with it, but it is what it is,” Greene said. “Definitely looking to the positive to get back as soon as possible.”
Overall, it has been a challenging rookie season 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 pitching 106 1/3 innings in 2021 for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 2021. Before making his major league debut in April, he logged a total of 179 innings over three Minor League seasons, which included a gap of more than two years as a pitcher due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season due to COVID-19.
“I definitely want to keep pushing,” Greene said. “I don’t want to put a timeline on [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 trades over the past week.
During the Reds’ 3-1 victory over the Marlins on Monday, the 22-year-old Greene was ready as he pitched six scoreless innings with one hit allowed, two hit batters and eight strikeouts.
“It’s something he’s actually felt from time to time and he felt it a little bit more during his last start,” Bell said. “We thought he was going to be fine and he even threw a bullpen today and that’s when she felt it a little bit more than usual.”