Skip to main content

The Cincinnati Reds are the feel good story of baseball right now but their resolve is going to continue to be tested.

Already without starting pitcher Nick Lodolo until August, the team could be without young flamethrower Hunter Greene until August as well.

The following update comes from the Rotowire fantasy baseball portal:

The Reds "aren't counting on" Greene (hip) to return from the 15-day injured list before August, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Cincinnati is unlikely to put an official timeline on Greene's return from the IL until he receives a second opinion on his right hip, which cost him a turn in the rotation earlier in June before he landed on the IL last week. If the upcoming medical opinion yields good news, Greene could have a chance at returning shortly after the All-Star break, though at this stage, an August return appears likelier. Rosecrans notes the Reds aren't expecting Nick Lodolo (tibia) to return from the IL until at least August as well, so the team's already thin starting pitching depth looks as though it'll continue to be tested for the next month.

It's certainly a tough development for the Reds, who have developed a nice young core of players that's led them to success. Perhaps these injuries will move the Reds to look for starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.

Greene is armed with one of the best fastballs in the game. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft in 2017 out of the California high school ranks.

This season, he's 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA. He's struck out 100 batters in 73.1 innings.

For his career, he's 7-17 with a 4.25 ERA.

The Reds entered play at 0.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.