The Cincinnati Reds sent Mike Minor on a rehab assignment earlier this season, but things did not go too well. Minor struggled mightily and his rehab assignment was put on hold after the left-hander experienced shoulder discomfort.
It now appears that sooner rather than later Minor will try his hand at another rehab assignment. The former Kansas City Royals starter took to the mound during a simulated game at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton where he went toe-to-toe with several of the Dayton Dragons hitters.
Cincinnati needs Minor in the rotation. While the hitting has been abysmal and the bullpen is nothing to write home about, the starting rotation has been putrid. Reds starters struggled to even get out of the fourth inning in recent days.
It looks like Reds LHP Mike Minor is ready for another rehab assignment.
One would assume that as soon as he's able, Mike Minor will return to the mound. The Cincinnati Reds starting rotation has yet to be fully healthy in 2022, as both Minor and Luis Castillo began the season on the Injured List. It sounds as if Castillo will return next Monday.
While the acquisition of Minor was questionable to say the least, I think the Reds will welcome anyone who can go at least five innings right now. Reiver Sanmartin was pulled from his start last week before even finishing the first inning. Hunter Greene was taken out after only making it through 2.2 innings on Thursday.
Mike Minor was brought to Cincinnati in order to eat innings, but right now he's only eating up time on the Injured List. Justin Dunn, another of this year's offseason acquisitions, is on the IL as well and not expected to return until the middle of summer.
The Redlegs have been battered and bruised all season. The team currently has major league-leading 15 players on the Injured List. You'd have to imagine that much like Castillo, Minor is going to need several games in the minor leagues in order to get stretched out. It's possible we won't see the southpaw return to the rotation until closer to the end of May or even the beginning of June.