Reds Country collectively held their breath after watching Antone, who had just returned from rehab following a secong Tommy John surgery, walk off the field with the training staff.
But after returning to Cincinnati this week, Antone received what manager David Bell called, "really great news." In fact, there's a chance that Antone could return before the end of the season.
Reds injury update: Tejay Antone receives "really great news" following early exit.
According to MLB.com, Tejay Antone is dealing with a bout of tendonitis. Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell told reporters that the right-hander was going to receive treatment and will hopefully be back in the bullpen to help push his team into the postseason for teh first time since 2020.
This is probably the best news that Antone could have received. During a game in Milwaukee in August of 2021, Antone left the mound clutching his right arm. It was later revealed that he'd have to undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career.
The procedure is hard enough to come back from once, let alone twice. But Antone met the challenge head on. Antone was on track to rejoin the team during spring training, but suffered a flexor strain during the offseason that kept him out of action until later this summer.
Tejay Antone made his long awaited return on September 2nd against the Chicago Cubs. Since then, Antone has totaled five appearances, including one as an opener, and owns a 1.59 ERA and 1.85 FIP with seven punch outs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Given that he was placed on the 15-day IL, Antone will be out of action until at least the final week of the 2023 season. If the Cincinnati Reds are still in contention for a playoff spot, don't be surprised to see Captain Hook back on the bump before the final game of the season.