Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan had a promising debut in the Cactus League Tuesday, March 6, 2018, allowing one earned run in two innings of work. Wochit
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Brandon Finnegan is convinced that what caused him to leave Sunday’s game was a small bump in the road and that he’ll be back pitching shortly.
“I’m fine,” he said. “I was feeling fine (Sunday). No pain. I had zero pain the whole time. I just had a knot on my triceps. It wouldn’t allow me to grip the ball. It was not ideal to continue pitching.”
Reds Manager Bryan Price said Finnegan was diagnosed with a biceps strain.
“It’s under the biceps area, closer to the bone,” Price said. “Just general inflammation. Doesn’t seem to a huge concern. He’ll get a couple of days of treatment, then we’ll see if he can reinitiate his throwing. It will be a couple of days without any throwing.”
Again, Finnegan, the 24-year-old left-hander, is not overly concerned.
“I had tightness all week,” he said. “It was nothing serious. I couldn’t get a grip on the ball. I couldn’t get anything going. We decided it was a good idea to come out and not risk anything. I came back and got it worked on. Now I feel fine.”
He does not see this as a major setback.
“It better not be,” he said. “That’s not my call. I know they just want to be cautious. I feel fine. It’s easy to work out. I did it. In my eyes, I’m good to go. They know that. They weren’t concerned (Sunday), so I don’t think there are any red flags anywhere. Just get it worked out and get ready for my next start.”
Finnegan missed all but four starts last year with a left shoulder strain. He was about a week behind because of that.
With Anthony DeSclafani’s left oblique strain, the Reds are going to need to test their starting pitching depth — even if Finnegan can get ready by Opening Day.
Right-handers Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Tyler Mahle and Michael Lorenzen and left-hander Amir Garrett are competing for the rotation.
“We were counting on Disco to be ready for Opening Day and be in the rotation,” Price said. “That’s not going to happen. We had prior to these two recent injuries fully intended to keep this competition open because we have so many guys throwing well.
“Lorenzen threw well (Sunday), following a really nice B game against the Rangers. Mahle’s been terrific. Stephenson’s coming off a good game. Garrett thrown the ball really well out of the bullpen, and he’s gotten stretched out.
“Romano’s been good just about every time he’s takes the ball. It’s just guy after guy has thrown well.”
Romano, Stephenson and Mahle got major league experience last year because of the injuries to Honer Bailey, DeSclafani and Finnegan.
“There are guys that have some major-league experience and some that have had some success at the major-league level instead of being an open question mark,” Price said. “I think there’s a better understanding and optimism that if we fall back on a younger rotation this time through that this time they’ll be able to endure the rigors and challenges of Major League Baseball.”