The Cincinnati Reds have placed Hunter Greene on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The team has called up reliever Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville to take his spot on the 26-man roster for the time being.
This is a tough break for both Hunter Greene and the Cincinnati Reds. In his last outing, Greene dominated the Miami Marlins as he allowed just one hit in 6.0 shutout innings with no runs, no walks, and he struck out eight batters. That followed a 2-run 6.1 inning outing with a walk and six strikeouts that also game against the Marlins on July 26th.
It’s been an inconsistent season for the 22-year-old rookie starting pitcher. He’s made 20 starts and posted a 5.26 ERA with 41 walks, 127 strikeouts, and 23 home runs allowed in 102.2 innings pitched. At times he’s been downright dominant – he has five starts where he’s allowed two or fewer hits – but he’s had some starts where he’s struggled along the way, too. That’s just how it goes at times for young pitchers as they figure out how things go in the big leagues and have to make adjustments a little quicker than they did when they were in the minors.
Ryan Hendrix was just optioned to the minors on August 1st. His stay in the minors was only a few days, but it really wasn’t that long as he was “optioned” but then added to the taxi squad while the team was in Miami. Hendrix has made seven appearances this season with the Reds and has thrown 6.1 innings while allowing three runs (4.26 ERA) on six hits, five walks, and he’s struck out seven batters. He hasn’t given up a home run this season with Cincinnati. During his time in Louisville this year he’s posted a 4.91 ERA in 25.2 innings with 16 walks, two home runs allowed, and he’s struck out 30 of the 112 batters that he’s faced.