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Anthony DeSclafani | Starting Pitcher | #28

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (0) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) has been cleared for mound work.
DeSclafani missed most of spring training with a left oblique strain and basically has to start all over with the progression of bullpen sessions, live batting practice, simulated work, and then eventually minor league rehab appearances. He's on the 60-day disabled list and can't return before May 28. The 28-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2016. Apr 18 - 1:42 PM

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Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) began a throwing program this week at the Reds' spring training complex.

That's promising news, but DeSclafani was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Opening Day and will be sidelined until at least the end of May. The 27-year-old right-hander also missed the first two months of the 2016 season with an oblique strain and he sat out the entire 2017 campaign due to an elbow sprain.
Apr 3 - 7:17 PM

Reds placed RHP Anthony DeSclafani on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

More brutal health news for DeSclafani, who was limited to just three minor league rehab starts last year with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He also got a late start on the 2016 season due to an oblique strain. Now he'll be sidelined through essentially the first two months of the 2018 season.
Mar 29 - 11:55 AM

An MRI has revealed that Anthony DeSclafani is dealing with a strained oblique.

DeSclafani felt the discomfort during his start Friday, which helps explain why his velocity was down. The Reds aren't offering a timetable for a return, but this is something that figures to send him to the disabled list in all likelihood. It's a bummer for the Reds and for DeSclafani, who was limited to just three rehab starts last season due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. He also began the 2016 season on the DL with an oblique strain.
Mar 11 - 3:29 PM

Anthony DeSclafani battled reduced velocity but turned in three scoreless innings against the Rangers in Cactus League action on Friday.

His fastball was reportedly sitting in the upper eighties rather than his usual mid-nineties heater. Reds general manager Dick Williams told the radio crew the scoreboard radar gun was inaccurate but DeSclafani seemed to be the only pitcher affected by the reduced figures. The radar readings didn't affect his results as he allowed just one hit and one walk against one strikeout. He missed all of last season rehabbing an elbow injury that did not require surgery. He turned in a fine 3.28 ERA in 20 starts with the Reds in 2016.
Mar 9 - 11:19 PM

Anthony DeSclafani gave up four runs in the first inning on Sunday against the Royals in his second Cactus League start.

One of the runs was unearned, but DeSclafani did give up six baserunners in his two innings of work, and struck out just one. Coming back from an elbow injury that sidelined him for the entire 2017 season, he's expected to pitch near the top of the rotation for Cincinnati in the 2018 campaign. There's probably more risk here than reward.
Mar 4 - 4:02 PM

Mark Sheldon of reports SP Anthony DeSclafani has recovered from his elbow injury and will be fully ready for action at the start of spring training.

DeSclafani missed the entire 2017 season with a sprained UCL in his right elbow after opting for rehabilitation rather than Tommy John surgery. He could be a nice sleeper this year if he can return to the form that saw him register a 3.28 ERA through 20 starts in 2016. The Reds' rotation was crushed by injury last year but should be back to full strength this season. Homer Bailey, Brandon Finnegan, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are expected to round out the rotation.
Jan 19 - 7:04 PM

Reds and RHP Anthony DeSclafani avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $860,000 contract.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports says DeSclafani can earn $75,000 more if he makes the All-Star team. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time after missing all of this past season with a partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament.
Jan 12 - 12:56 PM

Anthony DeSclafini says he's having a normal offseason after completing his rehab from a sprained UCL.

DeSclafini threw a 90-pitch outing in an instructional league game in October before shutting it down for the winter. "I was able to throw all of my pitches with no worries or issues. I thought I ended on a pretty good note," he told's Mark Sheldon. If he shows he's healthy next spring, DeSclafini would be a mixed-league sleeper.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 04:11:00 PM

Reds activated RHP Anthony DeSclafani and LHP Brandon Finnegan from the 60-day disabled list.

They're now back on the 40-man roster. DeSclafani missed all of this past season with a partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament and remains a big health question mark going forward. Finnegan had surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder in July but should be ready for spring training.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 03:23:00 PM

Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) has resumed a throwing program.

DeSclafani got a second opinion recently on his sore right elbow and it confirmed that he was dealing with tendinitis, not anything structural. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer says a return this year is "iffy."
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 04:59:00 PM

An MRI on Anthony DeSclafani's right elbow revealed tendinitis.

He had to leave his last rehab outing with discomfort in his pitching arm. It could have been worse, certainly, but DeSclafani couldn't really afford a setback of any nature at this point in the season. He's not a great bet to throw any pitches in the majors this season.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Anthony DeSclafani's (elbow/forearm) setback is not considered serious.

DeSclafani was pulled from a rehab game Thursday with right forearm discomfort, but it doesn't sound at this point like it will keep him out long. Still, given that he's been out all season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, a setback with his forearm, however small, is discouraging news. Fantasy owners will be wise not to count on anything from DeSclafani this season.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 12:41:00 PM

Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) left Thursday's rehab outing for Low-A Dayton with right forearm discomfort.

The right-hander had a disastrous outing, allowing eight hits (including three homers) and eight runs in just 1/3 of an inning before getting the hook. Obviously this is going to push back his return date. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the bigs since he was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in spring training. He's not a lock to return this year.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 09:42:00 PM

Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with the Arizona League Reds on Sunday.

He's slated to go three innings in what will be his first game action of the season. DeSclafani will surely need his full 30-day rehab allotment, but if all goes well, that could put him in line to rejoin the Reds' rotation by late August. The righty is trying to pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 05:26:00 PM

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