DeSclafani checks in, making progress

DeSclafani checks in, making progress

CINCINNATI -- For the first time during the regular season, injured Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was milling through the home clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. DeSclafani, who was diagnosed in mid-March with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, was in town for a check-up.

"Also to kind of get a breather and get out of Arizona and the desert, see some baseball and be around the guys," said DeSclafani, who has been rehabilitating at the team's complex in Goodyear.

Last week, it was learned that DeSclafani would not start a throwing program for at least a couple of more weeks because his injury hadn't fully healed yet. The right-hander was not discouraged, however.

"I'm feeling good. I'm making progress for sure," DeSclafani said. "I still have a few more weeks but my arm is feeling better. I'm definitely headed in the right direction. I'm excited about that. We're not going backwards."

DeSclafani, who is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on June 1, will likely not be ready until several weeks after that. He was optimistic he would contribute to the club this season and didn't feel that last week's news was a setback.

"There really can't be a set timetable because everybody is different as far as recovery," he said. "You don't know how your body is going to react to certain stuff. I think it was more of a general timeline."

Worth noting

• Back in Goodyear, starting pitcher Homer Bailey (elbow surgery to remove bone chips) was scheduled to throw in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

• The Reds traded Triple-A Louisville corner infielder Seth Mejias-Brean to the Mariners for a player to be named later. Mejias-Brean, 26, spent all of last season at Louisville but had never been in big league camp during past Spring Trainings.

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