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RHP Michael Lorenzen said Wednesday that he will report to the Reds' Spring Training as a starting pitcher, and intends to finish the 2021 season in that role.
Lorenzen was mainly used out of the bullpen in 2020, but did make a few spot starts. He allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out 14 over nine 2/3 innings during two starts. "I have a lot to prove, and I'm excited to be able to do that," Lorenzen added. The 28-year-old will compete for a spot in the Reds' rotation, posting a (3-1) record, 4.28 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35:17 K:BB across 33 2/3 innings last season.
Michael Lorenzen allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight over four 2/3 innings in Sunday's 7-3 win over the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Lorenzen threw a total of 93 pitches, landing 57 for strikes. He was able to limit the White Sox to three hits, but didn't pitch deep enough into the game to qualify for the win. The right-hander has now struck out 14 batters over his last nine 2/3 frames. Lorenzen owns a 4.45 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 31 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings in 2020. He is currently not scheduled for a start in the final week of the season.
Michael Lorenzen (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out six across five innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Pirates. He picked up his second win of the season.
Lorenzen made a spot start with Sonny Gray (back) placed on the injured list. He threw a total of 76 pitches, landing 49 for strikes. It was his first start since 2018. Lorenzen owns a 4.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 23:14 K:BB over 25 2/3 innings. The right-hander will likely head back to the bullpen.
Michael Lorenzen (0-1) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out none across one inning in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers. He picked up his first loss of the season.
Lorenzen was brought in the ninth inning to preserve a 1-1 tie, but walked one and allowed a two-run homer to CJ Cron. This ended up being the difference as the Reds fell to the Tigers 3-2. He has now allowed home runs in both relief appearances this season.
Michael Lorenzen is throwing, but has not been able to hit or play the outfield due to patellar tendinitis. He owns a 1.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a 8:4 K:BB ratio across six innings this spring.
Besides his normal reliever duties, Lorenzen also plays the outfield and pinch hits for the Reds. “I have some patellar tendinitis that we’re getting over,” Lorenzen said on Tuesday. “It’s doing a lot better. I was cleared to hit [Monday]. It’s never bothered me hitting anyway. They just wanted to take the workload off of it. It doesn’t bother me other than a full-on sprint. We just want to make sure that it’s fully taken care of, which it’s getting there.” Lorenzen doesn't favor the knee when he is pitching, and has looked great so far this spring. He will need more time to recover in order to fulfill his pinch hitting/outfield role. The 28-year old is mainly an option in NL-Only League formats.