The Cincinnati Reds rotation this season has been a bit of a mess. A large part of that is because the team has dealt with so many injuries in the rotation. Homer Bailey and John Lamb entered spring training with injuries that the organization knew about. Since then the team has also seen Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot and now Alfredo Simon miss time. That’s six starters that have missed at least one start and the team is less than three weeks into the season.

Alfredo Simon was said to likely only miss the one start, but we will see how that plays out on Sunday. John Lamb began his rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats on Saturday and will pitch again for the Bats on Friday night as they take on the Toledo Mud Hens.

Thursday night will see Homer Bailey take the mound for the Louisville Bats against Indianapolis as he comes back from Tommy John surgery. The right hander last pitched in a game on April 23, 2015, nearly a year ago to the day. He threw 3.0 innings in extended spring training on Saturday and tossed a bullpen session in Cincinnati on Monday. In Arizona he threw 51 pitches in those 3.0 innings pitched, so I would expect him to be on a 60 pitch limit tonight in Indianapolis, though nothing has been announced at this point.

Friday night will then see John Lamb make a second rehab start for the Bats, also at home in Louisville. He will take on the Toledo Mud Hens. Lamb is working his way back from back surgery (December 2015). The left hander pitched for the Bats on Saturday in his first game back and showed a good curveball and control of the pitch, but struggled to control his fastball throughout the game as he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in 3.0 innings.

Saturday night will see Anthony DeSclafani begin his rehab assignment. The right hander will join the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as they take on the Jackson Generals. DeSclafani is returning from an oblique strain that he suffered near the end of spring training. He threw a 40-pitch simulated game on Monday, so I would expect him to be on a 45-50 pitch count on Saturday night for the Blue Wahoos.

With the bullpen being as unreliable as a 5-year-old left alone with a cookie jar full of cookies, the rotation may be shaping up to see dramatic changes over the next 2-4 weeks as the team could return three starters. In turn, that could help stabilize the bullpen some if current starters (mainly guys like Dan Straily and Alfredo Simon) are pushed into the bullpen and give the relief crew a bit more to work with.

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