The Cincinnati Reds got some bad news on Tuesday. Left-handed starter Alex Wood was supposed to throw a bullpen session ahead of a scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. That didn’t happen, though, as Wood was experiencing soreness. Things had been looking better for the left-hander who has had several set backs along the way. He last pitched in a game in late February during spring training. Over the weekend he threw live batting practice to several players and was looking like he would be ready to head out on a rehab stint. Right now there’s no timetable for how long he’ll be out before getting back on a mound.
Brian O’Grady gets instant payback for Louisville
In the 2nd inning of the Louisville Bats game on Tuesday night against the Indianapolis Indians Brian O’Grady stepped up to the plate and ducked as the first pitch, a 93 MPH fastball, went over his head. Fortunately, the ball didn’t hit him. Unfortunately, the ball did hit his bat and the pitch went down as a strike. It never sits well when a pitch goes by a guys head, but it definitely doesn’t when it is a fastball.
Brian O’Grady clearly expressed his unhappiness with his reaction after the pitch. But he stepped back into the batters box. The next pitch caught a tiny bit more of the plate than the previous one. It caught more of his bat, too. O’Grady clobbered it for his 16th home run of the season, and he hit it well beyond the center field wall and up the hill, into the trees on top of the hill.
Josh VanMeter just continues to beat up on the International League for Louisville. He was optioned back to Triple-A last week by the Reds. All he’s done in six games since being optioned is hit .440/.462/.680. He’s hitting an absurd .356/.436/.726 through 36 games in Triple-A with 8 doubles and 14 home runs.
The Bats lost catcher Stuart Turner to the injured list. It may not be long until Louisville gets an old face back in town though to help out behind the plate. Chad Tromp spent 53 games with the Bats in 2018, but saw his season end late in the year with a shoulder injury. He’s been rehabbing in Goodyear with the Arizona League Reds this past week. And he’s been hitting the cover off of the ball. He’s gone 10-20 with 5 doubles and a home run. He’s also walked twice and struck out twice.