The Reds had a 15-13 record in the month of April and witnessed six new players head to the DL.
The club has managed through some tough injures, but currently left field is decimated with the absence of Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.
While Heisey’s timetable is uncertain, the Reds can certainly expect to wait nearly half the season for Ludwick.
Here's the Cincinnati Reds' injury report with updated timetable predictions for each major injury through the first month.
All current statistics are courtesy of MLB.com
Everything has been quiet as of late for Nick Masset.
MLB.com reports that Masset hasn’t been throwing as of April 20 after experiencing a discomfort setback.
On April 21, Masset was transferred to the 60-day DL and his chances of returning this year keep getting slimmer.
C. Trent Rosecrans of Cincinnati.com reported that Masset was moved to the 60-man roster when Ryan Hanigan was injured and Corky Miller was activated to the 25-man roster.
Masset hasn’t been on the mound since September 27, 2011.
Masset has essentially tried to avoid any setbacks in 2013, but reports of him not throwing are discouraging.
Masset's rehab likely won’t be in discussion until after the All-Star Game.
Predicted Return: August
Manny Parra was originally acquired as what seemed at the time a backup for Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen.
However, with Chapman set as the closer, Parra has simply been the Reds’ third lefty.
Parra hasn’t seen much success with the Reds so far. His 8.10 ERA in six innings pitched is not what the Reds were looking for in the lefty.
Opposing batters have a .441 AVG against him with six earned runs and two homers.
The Reds were missing their dominant setup lefty Sean Marshall. While Marshall was on the DL, Parra had his chance to shine, but lacked authority in his pitching.
There’s not been much news on Parra’s timetable, but he was set on the 15-day DL with a strained left pectoral muscle (per Cincinnati.com).
It’s hard to say if Parra will make the big league club once he makes a healthy return. Logan Ondrusek and Sean Marshall are making it tough to find room for Parra in the pen.
Predicted Return: June
The most encouraging DL stint is with Johnny Cueto.
Cueto was sent to the DL on April 15 with a lat-strain that pulled him from the game.
Cueto has praised his health and felt fine in long toss and in his bullpen sessions.
Cueto is scheduled to make a start for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Friday. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.com, he’s scheduled to throw between 60 to 70 pitches.
Cueto is also scheduled to make another rehab start in Dayton on Wednesday May 8. While Cueto is eager to get back, we’ll have to see how pain-free his rehab starts go.
If everything moves well, the Reds could see him back on the mound in May.
Predicted Return: Mid-May
There’s no doubt that the Reds are missing their No. 1 backstop in Ryan Hanigan.
While Devin Mesoraco is off to a better start than last year, the Reds are still noticing a difference with the loss of Hanigan.
The Reds called up Corky Miller as his replacement, and he currently has one hit in 10 at-bats. Miller has only caught one stealing and has given up five stolen bases.
Hanigan was originally dealing with a sore right thumb, but also hurt his oblique while catching a high fastball from Aroldis Chapman (per Cincinnati.com).
He was sent to the DL and is now seen wearing a cast over his hand, which speculates the injury could be more severe.
However, it was reported (per MLB.com) that he took batting practice and played long toss on April 30.
Hanigan will be able to come off the 15-day DL next week and it will be interesting to see if the Reds activate him.
Predicted Return: Mid-May
Left field has been obliterated with Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey on the shelf.
Heisey suffered a strained right hamstring last week and his return timetable is still undetermined (per Cincinnati.com).
Drew Stubbs has a similar injury last season, which kept him off the field for a few weeks.
Stubbs had a pretty quick recovery and the Reds are hoping for the same with Heisey.
It’s hard to say as of yet, but the club isn’t necessarily missing his .173/.195/.293 slash line. He’s only recorded 13 hits in 75 at-bats with five RBI and 20 strikeouts.
Heisey doesn't leave Dusty Baker with a right-handed batter. Outfielders Jay Bruce, Shin-Soo Choo, Xavier Paul, Derrick Robison and Donald Lutz all hit from the left side.
Hopefully Heisey will be able to return this month and recover from his offensive woes.
Predicted Return: Late May
The most pressing injury for the Cincinnati Reds is losing Ryan Ludwick. It only took three innings into Opening Day to lose Ludwick for possibly half the season.
Ludwick not only dislocated his shoulder, but also needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder (per Cincinnati.com).
His power is heavily missed in the lineup and causing a lot of headaches for manager Dusty Baker.
Ludwick was on air with Fox Sports Ohio during Monday’s coverage against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hinted at a possible return in July if everything goes well.
However, he said if there are any setbacks, it might have to be August.
Ludwick should have his sling removed soon and then will be able to have a better assessment on his return (per MLB.com).
A lot are expecting Ludwick to return right after the All-Star game this summer. But there’s no certainty as the club waits for his shoulder to heal.
It could take a while before Ludwick feels completely normal swinging a bat on his injured shoulder. At least it wasn't on his throwing arm.
Predicted Return: Early August