Anthony DeSclafani dealing with an oblique injury

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C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is dealing with an oblique injury. There’s no timetable for his return at the moment. Oblique injuries usually result in a stint on the disabled list, so this likely means the right-hander won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.

DeSclafani, 27, has had trouble staying healthy. He missed all of last season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and opened the 2016 campaign with an oblique strain. When he was healthy in 2016, he was effective, compiling a 3.28 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 30 walks across 123 1/3 innings.

With DeSclafani likely out of the mix for the near future, another spot in the Reds’ rotation opens up for Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Tyler Mahle, and Amir Garrett.