Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm…
Anthony DeSclafani — you know, the guy who is supposed to be Cincinnati’s ace this year? — was scheduled to make his spring debut on Tuesday. Yeah, that’s not going to happen:
Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani’s spring debut has been pushed back because he’s dealing with right elbow tenderness, manager Bryan Price revealed Monday.
“It’s something he had with [Miami] before. There’s no red alert, we’re just being cautious,” Price said. “At this point, we don’t have any great or grave concerns, or any concerns that he won’t be ready for the Opening Day roster. We’ll slot Disco back in when he’s ready.”
According to C. Trent Rosecrans, Disco isn’t worried:
After finishing a workout, DeSclafani was nonchalant about the news, noting he had no pain in the elbow, just some routine soreness in an interview with The Enquirer.
“I’ve had it before, I’d just rather err on the side of caution,” DeSclafani said. “There’s no need to push through anything. I don’t need a repeat of last year.”
DeSclafani isn’t worried. But I can’t help myself: I’ll be concerned until I see him throwing free and easy on the mound. Elbow soreness in a Reds pitcher will always make me nervous.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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