The Cincinnati Reds sent Hunter Greene on a rehab start on Thursday night. Greene headed to Triple-A Louisville to make his first start in a month, with his last outing being a dominant 6-inning, 1-hit performance that included eight strikeouts against the Miami Marlins on August 1st. A shoulder strain sidelined him after that and he went about a week without throwing before ramping things up a little bit.
Thursday night saw Hunter Greene throwing 99-100 MPH in the first inning and he struck out all three batters he faced in the 1st inning for Louisville. Indianapolis did make him work a little bit for it as Greene needed 17 pitches in the inning.
In the second inning he gave up a leadoff double on a change up to a left-handed hitter. Two pitches later he got a ground out to third base. Three pitches after that he recorded his fourth strikeout of the game. Another three pitches and he got a ground out to end the inning. Greene threw 28 pitches in total with 18 strikes, walked no one, struck out four batters, allowed one hit and no runs. He’s expected to make at least one more rehab start next week, though the exact date and level hasn’t yet been announced (Louisville is at home so it’s very likely going to take place there).
Mike Moustakas and Jeff Hoffman to the 60-day IL
With the Reds calling up Spencer Steer and Fernando Cruz they needed two spots opened up on the 40-man roster. Those spots were opened up by transferring Mike Moustakas and Jeff Hoffman to the 60-day injured list.
Mike Moustakas, who was placed on the 10-day injured list a week ago with a calf injury, is now out for the rest of the season. Jeff Hoffman would be eligible to return from the injured list on September 22nd. The reliever was put on the injured list with a right forearm strain on July 24th. It’s not clear if he will be able to return before the season is over.