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.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.