DeSclafani returns to mound Tuesday for Reds

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani watches a game against the Pirates on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

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Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani watches a game against the Pirates on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Pitcher will make his first start since 2016

Anthony DeSclafani will make his first start since Sept. 28, 2016, when he takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

The Reds announced their pitching rotation Sunday for the next two series, and DeSclafani returns to the staff after four rehab starts with Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville. He was 0-3 with a 4.66 ERA in the minors. He has been on the disabled list all season with a strained left oblique muscle.

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DeSclafani missed all of the 2017 season with a partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament. He made his season debut on June 10, 2016, and was limited to 20 starts that season after battling an oblique injury. In 2015, the last season in which he was fully healthy, he was 9-13 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts.

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The Reds start a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Then they play three games against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. DeSclafani is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday against the Cardinals.

In between the two starts by DeSclafani, the Reds will start Sal Romano, Tyler Mahle, Matt Harvey and Luis Castillo.

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