MILWAUKEE — Already close to his innings total from last year in the Minors, Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene was feeling the effects of the workload with two months to go into the 2022 season.
When Greene wasn’t feeling great during a bullpen session on Friday, Cincinnati didn’t take any chances and put him on Friday’s 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.
“He’s going back to be watched and take an exam,” said Reds manager David Bell. “It’s serious enough to go to 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. It was enough of a concern to take a closer look.” watch and just take a break on things at least for 15 days.”
The move will be 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 careful with it and do it the right way. We’ll see where it goes.”
Greene heads to Cincinnati on Saturday to be examined by team doctors.
“It’s frustrating to deal with, but it is what it is,” Greene said. “Definitely looking for the positives to come back as soon as possible.”
Overall, it was a challenging rookie season for Greene. The righthander 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 threw 102 2/3 innings this season after working 106 1/3 in 2021 for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. Before making his big league-debut in April, he hit a total of 179 innings over three Minor League seasons, including a more than two-year hiatus as a pitcher due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and the cancellation of the ’20 Minor League season due to COVID-19.
“I definitely want to keep going,” Greene said. “I don’t want to be on a timeline [the injury]. We’ll see where it goes.”
Greene was set to start on Sunday vs. 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 the past week.
In Monday’s 3-1 Reds win over the Marlins, the 22-year old Greene was sharp as he threw six scoreless innings with one basehit allowed, two batters and eight strikeouts.
“It’s something he’s felt from time to time and he just felt it a little bit more on his last start,” Bell said. “We thought it would be fine and he even threw a bullpen today and then he felt it a little bit more than usual.”