After three seasons of suffering with a shoulder problem that couldn’t be fixed via different methods, infielder Dilson Herrera had shoulder surgery in the middle of 2017. He returned to the field this spring and was said to be healthy. Adam Baum of The Cincinnati Enquirer had this at the bottom of an article he posted just before noon today:

“Dilson Herrera has a little bit of inflammation in his right throwing shoulder. He’ll be back in there most likely on (March 4). We don’t see it as a major setback. It’s just part of the recovery of the surgery he had on the back of his shoulder.”

While it’s likely that it is indeed just a part of the recovery process, given his history with the shoulder, this news just makes you hesitant. Last spring he had a similar thing reported, and then he couldn’t play in the field on back-to-back days until late April before ultimately being shut down in July to undergo the surgery.

The Cincinnati Reds make their first roster cuts

As first reported by John Fay, the Cincinnati Reds made their first cuts of the spring today – sending three relievers to Minor League camp. Barrett Astin, Ben Rowen, and Domingo Tapia all went back to the backfields earlier today. They were also joined by newcomer Jairo Labourt, who was picked up on waivers from the Detroit Tigers earlier today. That puts the Reds at 62 players in big league camp.

Barrett Astin made two appearances, allowed a run on one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Ben Rowen allowed a run in his only appearance and struck out three batters. Domingo Tapia also allowed a run in his only appearance and he struck out two batters.

Jose Siri unlikely to play again this spring

On Friday Bryan Price noted with the media that outfielder Jose Siri is unlikely to play again this spring. It wasn’t clear whether or not he meant all of the spring, or simply with the big league club. Hopefully we can get some clarification on this.

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