The Cincinnati Reds have announced that left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood will begin a rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats on Saturday. It was a week ago that he was supposed to begin an assignment with the Bats, but his back didn’t feel great after a bullpen session and that plan was scrapped. It appears that after his most recent bullpen session things are feeling right.
Alex Wood was arguably the biggest piece that the Reds landed in the trade with the Dodgers in the offseason. The left-handed pitcher has a career 3.29 ERA in his six Major League seasons. He, however, hadn’t thrown a full-season worth of innings since the 2015 season. In both 2017 and 2018 he threw just over 150 innings for the Dodgers, and he posted ERA’s of 2.72 and 3.68 in those seasons.
Unfortunately for Cincinnati, and for Alex Wood, he injured his back in late February during spring training. He’s begun several different throwing programs since then and in each of them he’s had a setback and had to take a break and start over from the beginning. His latest setback doesn’t seem to have been a big issue as it just pushed him back by about a week.
Rehab assignments for pitchers can last up to 30 days before a player must be returned to the Major League level. That would mean that Alex Wood, if needed, could be in the minors building up his innings and stamina until early August. The first start will take place on the road as the Louisville Bats are currently beginning a 4-game series in Columbus.
The Triple-A All-Star break is from July 8th through July 10th. The Louisville Bats return home on July 11th against Toledo. That would be the next day that Alex Wood would be scheduled to pitch and keep him on a 5-day schedule.