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Storylines: Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani suffers UCL Sprain

The Cincinnati Reds take a blow to their rotation after one of their top pitchers is diagnosed with a UCL sprain on Monday. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Monday...

Top Storyline

- The Cincinnati Reds look to see their rotation severely weakened before the start of Opening Day. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani has been diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his pitching arm per Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The righty was one of the best pitchers in the Reds rotation in 2016 after throwing a 3.28 ERA across 123.1 innings of work.The Reds had a lot of pitching problems throughout the year and when healthy, DeSclafani was one of the few constants across the season. With a tremendous amount of question marks about their rotation, the Reds could only be relieved to have DeSclafani be consistent. Now it looks like he’ll be on the shelf for about a month before being re-evaluated and it remains unclear if he is headed for Tommy John surgery. Tommy John surgery can’t be ruled out whenever a UCL injury is involved and the Reds must be praying and crossing their fingers that DeSclafani does not need Tommy John, thus taking him out for the rest of the year and a good part of 2018 as well.

Other News and Notes

- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is dealing with an oblique issue which should limit him over the next week and keep him out of games.

- White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson has been shut down for at least three weeks after an MRI revealed some swelling which will require more time for him to heal.

- The Braves have claimed left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman off waivers from the Astros.

- The Padres have reportedly signed Cuban free agent left-handed pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez for a reported $2.5 million signing bonus.

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