Reds Talented Reliever Dealing With Right Forearm Injury; Did Not Pitch Last Year

Well, this isn't good to hear.

Cincinnati Reds reliever Tejay Antone is reportedly dealing with a right forearm injury.

One good thing is that the forearm injury is apparently unrelated to Antone's right elbow, which required him to get Tommy John reconstructive surgery two years ago.

Antone will likely be brought along slowly this spring and, once fully healthy, should function as the Reds' high-leverage arm.

The twenty-nine-year-old missed all of last season, but let's not forget how good he is when he's healthy. 

Prior to getting hurt in 2021, Antone had a 2.14 ERA over 33.2 innings and 23 appearances. Not only that, but his success is backed up by statcast data, which ranked him in the 93rd percentile in fastball velocity, the 96th percentile in curveball spin, and the 100th percentile in fastball spin. To make it simple, when healthy, Antone is one of the best relievers in the game.

For his major-league career, spanning just two seasons, Antone holds a strong 2.48 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 87 strikeouts across 69 innings of work. He's started four games, finished four games, converted three saves, made 32 relief appearances and holds a 2-3 record. 

Let's hope we can see Antone healthy and dominating again this season.

He is a former 5th-round pick by the Reds in the 2014 MLB Draft.
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