Lorenzen prescribed rest for elbow injury

Right-hander unlikely to start season in Reds' rotation

Lorenzen prescribed rest for elbow injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Any remaining hope to have pitcher Michael Lorenzen open the season with the Reds in some capacity has faded. Lorenzen, who was diagnosed Tuesday with a mild strain of his ulnar collateral ligament and tendonitis in his right elbow, was examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday.

Kremchek, the Reds' medical director, prescribed rest until he sees Lorenzen again in a couple of weeks. The right-hander, who came to camp to compete for a rotation spot, remained optimistic.

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"I'm learning that news -- there is no good news, no bad news -- but it's learning to accept everything and know that God's plan is perfect," Lorenzen said late Thursday morning, prior to the Reds' 8-6 victory over the Indians. "To me, I'm just going to go through it and be grateful for everything. I am going to take advantage of this time of rest."

In his lone spring start, on March 4 vs. the Giants, Lorenzen worked two perfect innings with two strikeouts. He was scratched from his next start with elbow soreness and underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed the injury.

Even though it quickly became apparent that Lorenzen would not get stretched out enough to be in the rotation at the start of the season, manager Bryan Price had hoped he might be able to break camp in the bullpen and build up innings from there.

Lorenzen, 24, was 4-9 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 games, including 21 starts, in 2015, his rookie season.

More notes from Thursday:
• Pitching in a "B" game vs. the White Sox on Thursday morning, Reds prospect Cody Reed threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Pitching for Chicago in that game was ex-Reds starter Mat Latos.

• Price was saddened by the news that former Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo suffered a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder at Nationals camp. Arroyo, who was trying to return from Tommy John surgery on his elbow, might be at the end of his career.

"Very, very sad and disappointed for him, and for me, personally," Price said. "I think the world of him. He's one of my all-time favorites, not just as a pitcher but as a human being. He worked really hard his entire career, not just during the course of his rehab, to be ready."

• The Reds formally placed outfielder Juan Duran on the restricted list, which takes their 40-man roster down to 38 players. Duran, who played at Double-A Pensacola in 2015, was suspended last month for 80 games after he was found to be in violation of Major League Baseball's ban against performance-enhancing drugs.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.