DeSclafani cleared to begin throwing program

DeSclafani cleared to begin throwing program

CINCINNATI -- After a couple of months of tedious rehabilitation for a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani received the news he wanted to hear on Friday. DeSclafani underwent an MRI exam and was cleared to begin a throwing program.

DeSclafani, who has been working out at the team facility in Goodyear, Ariz., returned to Cincinnati and was checked out by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. He has not pitched this season since being injured early in Spring Training and is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

"I can actually start feeling like a baseball player again and can put a glove on and throw a ball. That'll be nice," DeSclafani said. "Doc said it looked a lot better. It was more comfortable this time than the previous time."

DeSclafani is scheduled to play catch for the first time on Sunday. He will also travel and work out with the team on next week's eight-game road trip against the Indians, Phillies and Blue Jays, before returning to Arizona to continue throwing.

When it comes to throwing, DeSclafani will be starting from scratch, as if it were the offseason and he was preparing for spring.

"Sunday will be like a test drive just down the block," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We'll see if we can get him outside the neighborhood by the next couple of days."

This is the second season in a row that a Spring Training injury has wiped out a large chunk of DeSclafani's year. In 2016, he did not debut until June because of an oblique strain.

"It's not ideal. But hopefully, last year and this year is the last time I ever have to deal with anything," he said. "I can't read the future. I'll do everything I can to stay injury-free and take care of my body as best as I can."

The Reds have not set a timetable for DeSclafani to make his season debut.

"It's not going to be soon. I wish I could give you an exact date," Price said. "Once we get through those initial games on this road trip, we will have written up a timeline for what he'll do."

Mesoraco passes tests

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was on the field Friday afternoon testing his sore left hamstring in front the training staff, Price and strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn.

"Everything checked out well. I think if it would've went bad, they would have put me on the DL, but Bryan wanted to check it out again and make sure," Mesoraco said.

Mesoraco entered Friday's 12-6 loss as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning with two runners on, but struck out swinging.

Worth noting

• Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who is on the 60-day DL with a strained teres major muscle near his left shoulder, pitched from flat ground on Friday and did well, Price said.

Homer Bailey, who had bone chips removed from his elbow in February, was slated to throw to hitters in Goodyear for the first time on Friday.

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.