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John Lamb | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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John Lamb (elbow) is not close to resuming a throwing program.
Lamb has been on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list for over a month with a flexor mass strain. He's set to undergo more tests, although the Reds are optimistic that he won't need surgery. "We’re doing some further investigative stuff to make sure there’s nothing more physically wrong with him that what we’ve defined to this point," manager Bryan Price said. "So he’s not currently doing any throwing. He’s just doing rehab/maintenance stuff." Sep 11 - 10:17 AM

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John Lamb is dealing with a flexor mass tendon injury in his left arm.

The injury must have occurred in early August, as Lamb's last appearance for Triple-A Louisville was on August 2. Flexor mass tendon injuries have been precursors to Tommy John surgery in the past, and Lamb already had the procedure back in 2011. It's unclear at this point how long the Reds expect him to be sidelined.
Sep 9 - 3:28 PM

Reds optioned LHP John Lamb to Triple-A Louisville.

Lamb earned the demotion after getting obliterated for nine runs over two innings Saturday. The left-hander has some upside but obviously has some things to work through before reaching his potential Homer Bailey (elbow) is poised to take Lamb's rotation spot.
Jul 17 - 10:29 AM

John Lamb got pummeled into oblivion by the Brewers on Saturday, giving up nine earned runs in only two innings.

The tattooed left-hander gave up four runs in the first inning then pitched a scoreless second. In the third inning he gave up five more runs without retiring a batter before being yanked. Lamb's record falls to 1-7 as his ERA swells to 6.43 in 70 ugly innings this season.
Jul 16 - 10:53 PM

John Lamb struck out nine while allowing three runs -- two earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

The nine strikeouts were a season high for Lamb, but they weren't enough to spare him from his sixth loss. He's now lost three straight decisions and hasn't won a start -- his only win this year -- since June 1. Lamb owns a 5.29 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 13 starts overall.
Jul 9 - 10:37 PM

John Lamb was horrendous in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, yielding eight runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Lamb struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. He surrendered home runs to Wilson Ramos, Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper before being mercifully yanked from the proceedings. The Espinosa homer went for a grand slam in the fourth inning. Lamb will look to rebound from this terrifying performance when he takes his 5.43 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into a road date with the Marlins next weekend.
Jul 3 - 6:15 PM

John Lamb struck out seven while holding the Cubs to two runs over six frames in Tuesday's extra-innings loss.

Lamb was headed for a loss despite pitching well before the Reds tied things up with two outs in the ninth on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single. The left-hander yielded six hits and walked one. Lamb has been inconsistent since returning from the disabled list and has a disappointing 41 strikeouts over 58 2/3 frames. He'll get the Nationals on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 12:08 AM

John Lamb allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Padres.

Lamb was actually the better of the two starting pitchers -- better being a relative term -- but he ended up without a say in the decision after his bullpen failed to protect a one-run lead. It's not as though Lamb was terribly deserving of what would have been his second win, as he gave up four hits and walked three on the night. The southpaw now holds a 4.78 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through 10 starts. Life doesn't get much easier Tuesday against the Cubs.
Jun 23 - 11:47 PM

John Lamb delivered an impressive performance in Friday's no-decision against the Astros, allowing only one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Lamb punched out eight on the night while walking four. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning. The talented young southpaw will show flashes of dominance, but is likely to be far too inconsistent to trust in mixed leagues this season. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.75 ERA and 1.52 WHIP when he takes on the Padres on Thursday.
Jun 18 - 12:18 AM

John Lamb was less than impressive in Sunday's loss to the A's, yielding four runs on seven hits over four innings.

Lamb struck out just one on the afternoon. All four runs on his line scored via the home run, all in the second inning. Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski both took Lamb offerings for two-run rides in the frame. The 25-year-old southpaw will carry a 5.14 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 22/17 K/BB ratio (42 innings) into a road showdown with the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 12 - 4:32 PM

John Lamb pitched well Tuesday but had to settle for a no-decision, yielding three runs -- one earned -- over 7 1/3 frames in a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals.

He gave up just four hits, walked two and struck out five. Lamb began the eighth inning with a 6-1 lead, but Brandon Phillips committed a pair of errors that helped lead to the lefty's exit. The Cards scored five runs after Lamb departing, costing the southpaw a win. Lamb has pitched well over his last two starts and will try to keep it going this weekend against the A's.
Jun 7 - 11:25 PM

John Lamb hurled seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Reds' defeat of the Rockies.

Lamb struck out two, walked only one, and scattered six hits over his seven impressive frames at Coors Field. The performance dropped his season ERA from 6.85 to 5.58. He's still not to be trusted in standard leagues.
Jun 1 - 11:43 PM

John Lamb was demolished in Friday's loss to the Brewers, getting shelled for six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Lamb walked three and struck out three on the evening. The Brewers scratched out single runs in the first and third innings, then broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Lamb has been brutal in his limited time in the rotation, registering a 6.85 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 14/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings over five starts. It doesn't get any easier for the young southpaw either, as he'll travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies on Wednesday.
May 28 - 12:38 AM

John Lamb allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

It was a gutsy performance from the left-hander, who didn't have his best stuff but managed to turn in a quality start anyway. The M's did all their damage on homers, with Leonys Martin taking Lamb deep in the second inning before Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run bomb in the fourth. Lamb walked three while striking out three on the afternoon. The strikeout potential he flashed last season hasn't showed itself yet this year, as he has just an 11/9 K/BB ratio over four starts to go with a 5.40 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He may still be working his way into form after December back surgery sidelined him through April, but Lamb will need to show progress Friday at the Brewers to remain on the NL-only radar.
May 21 - 7:19 PM

John Lamb (thumb) was tagged for seven runs in four innings against the Indians on Monday.

Lamb made his return Monday after missing a start with a sprained left thumb. It wasn’t pretty. After being handed an early 4-0 lead, he gave up four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth. He struck out just one batter while giving up a total of 10 hits and two walks. The young lefty will look for improvement in his next turn this weekend in an interleague matchup against the Mariners.
May 16 - 9:42 PM

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