Wednesday, September 05, 2001
Riedling may miss spring training
By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Rookie reliever John Riedling had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday. Kremchek repaired a tear in the labrum and the rotator cuff.
It was a little more significant than we thought, Kremchek said. ... But the prognosis is excellent.
Kremchek said the rehab time for such surgery is six to eight months. Six months would have Riedling ready early in spring training. Eight months would put him at the start of the season.
Riedling rehabbed the shoulder for 10 weeks and returned. He retired 17 of the 20 batters he faced after his return.
I was in awe of how well he pitched with that kind of injury, Kremchek said. But there's no question (the surgery) should have been done. It certainly should help him.
AARON OUT: Third baseman Aaron Boone was out of the lineup again Tuesday. He was also out Monday after returning Sunday from 16 days on the disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist.
He wanted to play (Tuesday), manager Bob Boone said. But if he feels good today, he should feel better tomorrow.
DOWN ON THE FARM: Center fielder Wily Mo Pena went 2-for-3 with a home run in his final game for Single-A Dayton. Pena finished second in the Midwest League in homers with 26 and led the league with 113 RBI.
Right fielder Austin Kearns was 3-for-5 with a home run in his final game for Double-A Chattanooga. Kearns hit .346 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 15 games after returning to Chattanooga after recovering from a torn ligament in his right thumb.
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