Hunter Greene placed on IL with shoulder injury

Hunter Greene placed on IL with shoulder injury

MILWAUKEE — Already nearing his innings total from all of last year in the Minors, Reds rookie starter Hunter Greene was feeling the effects of his workload with two months left in the 2022 season.

When Greene didn’t feel well during a bullpen session on Friday, Cincinnati took no chances and placed him on the 15-day injured list on Friday with a strained right shoulder.

“He’s coming back to be looked at and have an exam,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s serious enough to go on the IL, but hopefully no more serious than keeping him out for 15 days and then having him back so he can finish his first season here strong. There was enough concern to take a closer look 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 fatigue in the arms,” ​​Greene said. “I just want to be careful with it and do 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. “Definitely looking for the positive to come 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 working 106 1/3 in 2021 for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in ’21. Before making his major league debut in April, he totaled 179 innings over three Minor League seasons, which included a two-plus year hiatus from pitching due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and the cancellation of the ’20 Minor League season on due to covid-19.

“Definitely want to keep pushing through,” Greene said. “I don’t want to put a timeline on it [the injury]. We’ll see where it goes.”

Greene was scheduled to start on Sunday vs. 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 in the past week.

During Monday’s 3-1 Reds win over the Marlins, the 22-year-old Greene was sharp as he pitched six scoreless innings with one hit, two strikeouts and eight strikeouts.

“It’s something he’s actually felt from time to time, and he just felt it a little bit more in his last start,” Bell said. “We thought he was going to be good and he even threw a bullpen today and that’s when he felt it a little more than normal.”

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