It's been a bumpy ride this year for Cincinnati Reds rookie Hunter Greene, but he still has time to end his season on a high note.
Greene, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 1 due to a right shoulder injury, is set to return from the injured list on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Greene's return is welcome news for the Reds, who are counting on Greene to be their ace of the future. The 23-year-old was the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and debuted earlier this season, showcasing his tantalizing potential with 127 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings.
With Cincinnati 29 games below .500 and already eliminated from playoff contention, manager David Bell will likely keep Greene on a pitch count. The hard-throwing righty may need to exit early anyways if he struggles again, which has happened frequently enough to produce a 5.26 ERA.
Greene was starting to hit his stride before going on the IL, however, allowing two earned runs or less in three of his last four starts. The Reds hope he can pick up where he left off, especially against a division rival in St. Louis.