I was in Louisville tonight as Scott Schebler started at DH in a rehab appearance. I was able to talk to him after the game. In his comments, he said he felt great, “up until that last swing, felt a little awkward. It was a the first high pitch I had to go after… five minutes after that I felt great again.”

He also said there was still “a little limitation” with throwing. And “it’s kind of a weird injury where you can push through it a little.”

Both Schebler and Manage Dick Schofield said the plan is for him to return to Cincinnati as soon as he’s comfortable enough throwing to play the field. The current plan is for him to DH again tomorrow in Louisville, but Schebler said that if he came in tomorrow and felt comfortable throwing, “I want to get back in the field as soon as possible.”

Sounds like he will most likely be back in Cincinnati in a couple of days.

Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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  1. Very interesting. All signs indicate the Reds are awaiting news on Schebler’s likely return timeline before they decide how to proceed with Jesse Winker’s shoulder situation.

    Indications are Winker is going to end up on the DL. Here is a link to a Mark Sheldon article which quotes Dick Williams as saying he “…could see us taking a conservative approach (with Winker) because his long-term health is really important to us.”

    https://www.mlb.com/reds/news/reds-matt-harvey-trade-talks/c-287275864

    The question seems to be whether Schebller will be ready to return at a time he can simply take Winker’s place or whether a different move will be necessary.

    • Yes, interesting. They are walking a fine line here. If Winker has to go on the DL at the same time that Schebler is still on it, a roster move the Reds don’t want to make will probably have to happen. If they were to bring up an OF, the only choices they have are Siri and Aquino, both at AA. Neither is ready for ML pitching. A 40-man roster move will have to be made if they call up an outfielder at AAA. If they were to bring up Gabby Guerrero, who has had a fine year so far, they would have to remove a player so they could add Guerrero. But that might end up being Aquino that they would have to expose to waivers to remove him. Pretty sure the Reds don’t want to do that. The only alternative would be to place Blandino on the 60-day DL and then bring Guerrero up. I wouldn’t mind seeing Guerrero get a shot here. He slashed .296/.336/.469 in 107 PA’s at AA and .281/.322/.452 in 283 PA’s at AAA. He has been in a 7 game mini-slump though, and it has brought his numbers down a tad. He is 4-27 with a 2B, a 3B, a HR, 4 R, 7 RBI, 2 BB and 4 K in that 7 games. So it has been a productive mini-slump. And he is 24, 6’3″ and 215, not bad at all.
      No need to play the bench short handed if Winker cannot go. It is already short with a 6 man rotation going. Move Blandino to the 60-day DL, call up Guerrero, and then activate Schebler when he is ready, hopefully sometime this weekend. They shouldn’t play a 4 game series with Philly with a short bench.

      • I kinda wondered at the time why the Reds didn’t put Blandino on the 60-day to begin with. With the trade deadline looming, that roster spot might have come in handy even before the outfield injuries arose.

  2. Players rarely tell you anything when there is discomfort is involved. For him to come out and say there was discomfort on a swing and when he throws, probably means there is some smoke there.

    I guess “push through a little” means there is pain, but he can’t cause more damage??? Those are scary words given the Red’s treatment of injuries in the past.

    Maybe he’ll stop swinging at the high ones now.

    • You’re reading too much into it. Schebler has a reputation for being very honest. It’s a sprain. If you’ve ever sprained anything, you know there’s a point where you’re basically fine and can get on with some things even if you can still feel it a little bit.

      • I’d still rather err on the side of caution. I’d rather he miss an extra few days here than start all over again with a reinjury. … Schebler is probably well aware the Reds are waiting for his availability, with Winker on the shelf also.

  3. Thanks for the update Jason. It’s cool that the Bats give RLN media access, and this info does seem more “real” than the often cryptic comments we get from Reds management.

  4. Unrelated, but did anyone see the return the blue jays got on oh? My goodness if we can get that type of return, Hernandez and Hughes should be on the block for that type of deal. A former 1st round prospect, a #24 prospect and another lottery pick is a nice return.

  5. Winker out for the season. I’ve been saying it looked like Ludwig’s.

    • Just unreal. He hurt it getting out of the way of a line drive. Amazing. Mason Williams coming up to the Reds. Does that mean that when Schebler returns, there’s no more rotation, and Ervin and Williams ride the pine ?

      • I hope not. I would like to see Ervin get a full shot at showing what he’s got. He’s looked good at the plate and in the field in this recent stint.

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Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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