Chris Reed Returns from Injury

The Dodgers' most recent first rounder is back in action after missing time with shoulder soreness.

There has been much talk about about LHP Chris Reed since he was drafted. Taken in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 draft, he was the closer for the Stanford Cardinal, earning an honorable mention All-PAC-10 selection. In college he had a 2.56 ERA in 29 games.

He had a brilliant performance on April 22 against the Visalia Rawhide, going seven shut out innings, with four hits allowed and totaling seven strike outs with no walks.

Now, after missing a month of CAL league action due to a sore left shoulder, Reed made his return to the Epicenter against the Modesto Nuts on May 29.

"I feel great and the shoulder feels strong," he said. "It was great playing at home."

In the final game of a three game series against the Modesto Nuts, Reed pitched three strong innings. Not wanting to exhaust his recently rehabbed arm, there was a change at pitcher after the third inning.

"He's only pitching three innings, he's been out for awhile so you cant pitch him six or seven innings, so he's been pitching three to four innings the last two starts," said manager Juan Bustabad.

The Quakes won the series against the Modesto Nuts. After losing the first game 6-1 on May 27, the Quakes came together and won the following night 12-2. And after finishing the series with a 5-2 win over the Nuts, Reed said, "We had good results the team won, we won the series."

Reed was taken with the 16th pick in the 2011 draft. This is his first full season in the Dodger system. According to the MLB website and Baseball America, the left handed pitcher was rated the Dodgers fifth best prospect in the Dodgers minor league system.

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