TODAY: It doesn’t look like Greene will need surgery, according to multiple reporters (including Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The exact results of Greene’s MRI are not known, nor is her timeline for a possible return.
5 AUGUST: The Reds have announced that they have moved into a right-handed position Hunter Greene on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 2, with a sprained shoulder. reliever ryan hendrix has been recalled to take his place on the active roster.
Greene, who turns 23 tomorrow, has spent the year in the rotation after breaking camp with the big league club. The former second overall pick has made his first 20 starts at the major league level, working to a 5.26 ERA in 102 2/3 innings. Only Josiah Gray allowed more homers than Greene’s 23, but he also delivered on the promise that made him one of the sport’s top pitching prospects. He averages an absurd 98.7 mph on his four-seam fastball and eclipses triple-digits with regularity. Unsurprisingly, Greene has missed bats on 13.5% of his above-average offers and knocks out an excellent 28.8% of opponents.
It’s unclear how long the Reds expect Greene to be out, but the mention of a shoulder injury is certainly not ideal. Cincinnati looks to 2023 as they sit near the bottom of the National League, so there’s no reason not to proceed with caution for a player so vital to the franchise’s long-term future.
Manager David Bell will have to pick up the pieces on the mound. Along with Greene’s absence, Cincinnati shipped Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle over the past week. Nick Lodolo, Mike Miner and Graham Ashcraft have established rotational roles, while the club has referred Robert Dugger as at least a starting place for tonight. They will have to do the same on Sunday against the Brewers, when Greene was expected to take the ball.