Reds Lefty Brandon Williamson Faces Setback in Rehab Assignment

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brandon Williamson, who has been sidelined with a shoulder strain since spring training, encountered a setback in his minor league rehab stint. The Reds announced that Williamson has been pulled back from his rehab assignment and will remain on the injured list due to continued discomfort in his shoulder.

Manager David Bell revealed the news, stating that Williamson will be shut down for at least the next seven days while the team evaluates his condition. This setback comes at a crucial time for Williamson, as he was on track to potentially compete for a spot in the team’s starting rotation.

The 6’6” left-hander, acquired from the Seattle Mariners in a trade last year, showed promise in his rookie season with the Reds. Despite a rough start, Williamson ended the season strong with impressive performances on the mound. His absence from the rotation will be a blow to the team, as he was seen as a key piece for the future.

While the Reds have alternative options to fill Williamson’s spot in the rotation, his setback raises concerns about his long-term health and availability. The team has not provided specific details about his condition, but further updates are expected in the coming days.

For now, Williamson will continue to receive big league pay and service time while he remains on the 60-day injured list. His path back to the mound is uncertain, but the Reds are hopeful that he will eventually overcome this setback and return to form.

[Source: Cincinnati Enquirer]

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