Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price has revealed that starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani has been cleared to resume throwing, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. As a result, the club will set up a throwing program for the veteran hurler while doctors have apparently seen “a lot of improvement” during recent tests surrounding his right elbow.
Price also noted that fellow Reds starter Homer Bailey is ready to begin throwing live batting practice. In fact, Bailey could even pitch in a “camp game on the 24th.” However, the Reds skipper mentioned that the club cannot wait around for players to come off the disabled list while Cincinnati presses on with the available arms it has.
The 27-year-old right-handed DeSclafani hasn’t pitched in a regulation game this season. Spending the last two seasons with the Reds, he originally broke into the majors in 2014 with the Miami Marlins. Serving as a staple of the Reds starting rotation during the last two seasons, he has made 51 career starts. DeSclafani produced a single-season career-best 3.28 ERA over 123.1 innings and 20 starts in 2016. With a 9-5 record last season, he also registered 105 strikeouts against 30 walks.
For his big-league career, DeSclafani has made 56 starts in 64 regular-season appearances. In 341 career innings, he has a 3.99 ERA, a 20-20 record and 282 strikeouts against just 90 walks.