There is some big news coming out of the Reds clubhouse this morning, both dealing with today's starter and the starter that the Reds had planned to be counting on big time this season.
Reds select contract of RHP Tim Adleman (#68), who will start today in his Major League debut. Last name pronounced as in saddleman.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 1, 2016
This was expected, as it was reported yesterday that Iglesias felt a pinch in his right shoulder Friday, causing a concern in the Reds brass that he'd miss his next start. That was confirmed this morning with the promotion of Tim Adleman (scratches multiple attempts at puns on "getting back on the saddle"). He'll look to make his Major League debut against the Pirates.
The not so expected news:
RHP Raisel Iglesias placed on 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday (impingement, right shoulder). C Kyle Skipworth transferred to 60-day DL.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 1, 2016
So it appears that this won't be a one start, rest and relaxation injury, but rather something that will require more time to deal with. This is concerning, of course, since Iglesias has been dealing with shoulder injuries since the end of last season, when he was shut down due to shoulder fatigue.
His Spring Training schedule was pushed back as he attempted work to strengthen his shoulder. Despite the delayed start to his March, he was on the mound on Opening Day for the Reds, where he limited the Phillies to just 2 runs across across six innings.
And he's been solid for the most part through his first five starts, struggling to go deep into ball games but not allowing much in the way of damage when he's in them. His velocity has been down this season, however, but it was something manager Bryan Price attributed to the colder temps of April baseball and not an injury.
However, Iglesias's velocity was well down in his start Tuesday against the Mets, as he didn't crack 90mph until his last inning of work. Friday, he apparently felt a pinch, and the examination on Saturday must have revealed this impingement.
Obviously, this is bad news for a Reds rotation struggling to find any answers, but they'll have to keep shuffling to plug the holes. Just when you think there's reinforcements on the way, though, someone else rehabbing from injury has a setback.
Bryan Price said Homer Bailey has had a slight setback, temporarily on hold. Reds don't believe it's serious— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 1, 2016
Grab your nearest adult beverages, Reds fans. You're gonna need them.