Nick Lodolo's latest setback thrusts these 2 Reds pitchers to the forefront

Nick Lodolo will not be back as soon as originally planned.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Lodolo
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Lodolo / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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The Cincinnati Reds received some troubling news on Tuesday when it was revealed that starting pitcher Nick Lodolo suffered a setback during his latest rehab assignment.

According to MLB.com, Lodolo's latest MRI showed a reoccurrence of a stress reaction in his left tibia. This is the same type of injury that has shelved Lodolo since mid-May.

The Reds were banking on the left-hander's return to the rotation later this month, but that will be put on hold for the time being. There's a chance that Lodolo may miss the remainder of the 2023 season.

Nick Lodolo's latest setback thrusts these 2 Reds pitchers to the forefront.

With a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles, expect to see Lyon Richardson get the call for Game 2 against the Angels. Left-hander Andrew Abbott will start Game 1 against the Halos this afternoon.

But what will the Reds rotation look like moving forward? After his return on Sunday, expect to see Hunter Greene back on the mound later this week in Arizona. Brandon Williamson will assuredly get the ball for an upcoming start as well.

While Ben Lively will surely get another chance to show that he's got the chops to help the team down the stretch, it's quite likely that Brett Kennedy will receive yet another start for Cincinnati during the club's nine-day road trip.

Kennedy pitched five shutout innings during his previous outing, and will likely be keeping the seat warm until Lively returns from his rehab assignment at Triple-A.

For those expecting Lyon Richardson to cover some starts, don't hold your breath. After returning from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander certainly has an innings-limit. Whether or not he'll be shutdown in the coming weeks is unknown, but he's unlikely to throw much more than four innings in any start he may have down the stretch.

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