Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and will be shut down for four weeks, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The right-hander will be reevaluated after those four weeks are up.
DeSclafani, 26, was limited to 20 starts last year after missing the first two months and change with an oblique injury. He finished the season with a solid 3.28 ERA and a 105/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings.
DeSclafani was in line to make the start on Opening Day for the Reds, but that honor will now likely go to Brandon Finnegan.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.