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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.
Michael Lorenzen is starting in center field and batting seventh Thursday against the Phillies.
With the season coming to a close and the Reds out of the playoff picture, they seem to be experimenting lineup positioning. Lorenzen is batting .353 with one home run and three steals in 19 plate appearances this season.
Michael Lorenzen picked up his sixth save of the season Saturday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on one hit and one walk across two innings. He struck out two.
With Raisel Iglesias missing the previous few games to be there for the birth of his child, Lorenzen was likely called on Saturday to fill in. He was able to lock down his sixth save of the season in a two-inning outing. Iglesias seems to still be the go-to guy in the ninth inning for the Reds.
Michael Lorenzen (0-2) was saddled with the loss Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits across two innings while striking out three.
Roberto Perez took Lorenzen deep in the eighth to give the Indians a two-run lead, which they would add to before this game was over. Lorenzen has picked up five saves for the Reds over the course of the season, but seems to be second-in-command to Raisel Iglesias for closer's duties at the moment. His performance on Saturday will not help him inch closer to the closer's role.
Michael Lorenzen struck out two and allowed one hit over 1.2 scoreless innings to record a save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Cubs.
The Reds keep insisting that Raisel Iglesias is their closer, but it's hard to ignore that Iglesias hasn't recorded a save since June 9, while Lorenzen has recorded three saves in that span. Lorenzen's 3.00 ERA and 41:12 K:BB in 42 innings is solid, so he may formally secure closer's duties soon.