Moscot healthy, ready to rejoin Reds' rotation

Following third rehab start, righty could be activated for next series in Colorado

Moscot healthy, ready to rejoin Reds' rotation

MILWAUKEE -- When exactly Jon Moscot will make his return to the Reds was not quite decided on Friday, but it's clear he's ready to come off the disabled list and rejoin the big league rotation.

In his latest rehab start, as he works his way back from inflammation in his surgically repaired non-throwing shoulder, Moscot threw six scoreless innings for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Over 81 pitches, he allowed four hits without a walk and four strikeouts in a 5-0 win at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"He satisfied our expectations as far as getting through six innings and throwing the ball well," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "A big difference between yesterday and his previous start. He didn't lose his job because he got hurt. We anticipate him being back here fairly soon. We haven't finalized anything, but probably will in the next 24 hours."

That was Moscot's third rehab start. In his previous outing for Louisville, Moscot gave up nine runs on 11 hits, including four home runs. He has not pitched for the Reds since his left shoulder started hurting during his April 27 start vs. the Mets at Citi Field.

Moscot leaves with the trainer

Price believes Moscot could be activated in time for the next four-game series vs. the Rockies at Coors Field.

"We're looking at it right now," Price said. "Our situation is we'd like to take advantage of the recent day off to get the starters some rest. We are considering doing something to maneuver around and accommodate Jon this next time through."

Although Price didn't mention him specifically, Moscot's return could potentially mean a change for Alfredo Simon. Slated to face the Brewers on Saturday, Simon is 1-5 with a 10.16 ERA this season.

Worth noting

• Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, also on a rehab assignment with Louisville, allowed three runs and three hits over three innings on Wednesday. DeSclafani, trying to come back from a strained left oblique, is scheduled to pitch again for Louisville on Monday.

"To this point, through this moment, I have not heard anything at all that would suggest he had any issues with his oblique," Price said.

DeSclafani rehabs during BP

• Starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias, who is out with a right shoulder impingement, traveled to Goodyear, Ariz., on Thursday to continue his rehab. Iglesias was slated to pitch a side bullpen session on Friday.

• Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, who is on the 60-day DL with a left hamstring strain, remains stalled in his recovery. Price noted a report that Rodriguez hurt his leg sliding at extended spring.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.