Cincinnati Reds Young Starter To Miss Significant Time

After getting off to a brutal start in his sophomore season, perhaps the Cincinnati Reds now have an answer as to why their former first-round pick Nick Lodolo has been struggling. He's been diagnosed with a fairly severe calf injury and is likely out for a month.

Manager David Bell said that the 25-year-old will just need to rest it for a while before getting back on a mound.

"He’ll be in a boot for a week to take all pressure off it. He was trying to pitch through it. The good thing is we got all the information yesterday that we needed. He’ll take a step back and be back healthy."

Lodolo had been off to a 6.29 ERA in his first seven starts of the season, surrendering a league-leading 10 home runs, and a major league-leading seven hit batters. He's still racking up the whiffs, at 12.3 K/9, but he obviously needs to get his calf healthy before he can properly have his full repertoire working. 

Last season, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft had a tremendous rookie year, posting a 3.66 ERA (ERA+ of 123 — 23% better than the average pitcher) while striking out 11.4 batters per nine. 

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