CINCINNATI -- One of the young pitchers expected to compete for a spot in the Reds' rotation is unlikely to be 100 percent when Spring Training begins next week.
It was revealed recently that left-hander John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.
"John Lamb is a little bit behind schedule," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday on MLB Network's High Heat. "So he'll be competing for a job, but [he] probably won't be ready until the middle of the month of April."
Lamb, 25, was one of three lefty pitchers to arrive on July 26 from the Royals in the trade for ace Johnny Cueto. He made his big league debut for Cincinnati in August.
In 10 Major League starts, Lamb went 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA after going 10-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 20 starts at the Triple-A level.