By the time Anthony DeSclafani takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, 616 days will have passed since his last start in the big leagues.
A starting pitcher expected to be a future ace and a central piece in the Reds’ rebuilding project missed the entire 2017 season and the first two months of the 2018 season. Even in 2016, when he was 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA, he didn’t pitch until June 10.
An oblique injury in 2016 followed by an elbow injury in 2017 and then another oblique injury in 2018 has cost DeSclafani, 28, more than 50 starts in a period that would have been the prime of his career. Now he gets the chance to make up for lost time. The Reds announced Sunday he will start the opener of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park.
Here’s a look back at what has happened to DeSclafani since he last pitched for the Reds:
“At this point in time we don’t have grave concerns that he won’t be ready for the opening day roster,” then manager Bryan Price said.
“It’s not like I’m sitting around and doing nothing,” he said. “I’m getting my running in. I’m getting my workouts in. I go to therapy three or four times a week. I’m definitely active. This is my career. This is what I want to do. I want to have a long career. I try to take care of my body as much as I can. I don’t know if it’s bad luck. I don’t want that label on me, for sure. I want to be a guy that’s reliable, that comes in and makes 30-plus starts. I haven’t been able to do that.”