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  • Reds' Alex Young: Sidelined until late May

    Reds manager David Bell said Wednesday that he anticipates Young (back) being sidelined until late May, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Young is dealing with a low back disc degeneration, an injury he came into spring training with. He then suffered a setback with the injury in mid-March. It's unclear whether the left-hander has begun a throwing program yet. Young will occupy a lefty relief role for the Reds once he's ready.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Moves to injured list

    The Reds placed Young on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with low back disc degeneration.

    The left-hander has been destined to begin the campaign on the injured list after he suffered a setback with his back injury in mid-March, and that transaction is now official. It's unclear how long Young is expected to be sidelined, but he won't be eligible to be activated until the second week of April.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Headed to IL after setback

    Young will begin the season on the injured list after having a setback with his back injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Young made his spring debut earlier this week but didn't retire a single batter while allowing five earned runs. As it turns out, he was still probably compromised physically and an IL stint is in the offing. It's not clear how long Young will be out, but the Reds moved quickly to replace him in the bullpen by signing Justin Wilson on Friday.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Hit hard in spring debut

    Young (back) failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced and was charged with six runs (five earned) on four hits and two walks during his relief appearance in Tuesday's 14-1 loss to the White Sox.

    Young made his Cactus League debut Tuesday after he experienced back tightness early on during his throwing progression in camp, and based on how he fared against the White Sox, he might have benefited from taking a few extra days before entering the Reds' spring pitching schedule. The Reds haven't yet indicated that Young experienced a setback during his appearance, so he'll presumably try to iron out the kinks in his subsequent outings as he looks to secure a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen. Young nabbed four wins, one save and 13 holds while pitching to a 3.86 ERA over 53.2 innings out of the Cincinnati bullpen in 2023.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Sidelined through weekend

    Young (back) is expected to be sidelined for a few days, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Young came out of a throwing session Wednesday with back tightness, but it appears to be a minor issue. The southpaw is expected to open 2024 in Cincinnati's bullpen.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Nursing back issue

    Young is set to be evaluated after feeling back tightness during a throwing session Wednesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    It doesn't seem to be a major concern at this point, but Young will be examined before being cleared to resume his throwing program. The left-hander collected a a 3.86 ERA and 50:20 K:BB across 53.2 frames for Cincinnati in 2023 and, assuming health, will open 2024 in its bullpen.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Avoids arbitration with Cincinnati

    The Reds and Young avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.16 million contract Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Young was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. The left-hander had a nice showing in 2023 in a full-time relief role in Cincinnati, posting a 3.86 ERA and 50:20 K:BB across 53.2 frames.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Back from COVID-19 IL

    Young (illness) was activated from the COVID-19-related injured list Monday.

    Young was initially shelved in late August with a hamstring injury before being shifted to the COVID-19-related IL on Sept. 9. The southpaw has pitched well for the Reds this season when healthy, posting a 3.31 ERA and 45:19 K:BB through 49 innings.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Rejoins mates, not activated yet

    Young (illness) rejoined teammates in New York over the weekend but has not yet been activated, MLB.com reports.

    Young tested positive for COVID-19 during his rehab assignment for a hamstring injury, which no longer appears to be an issue. He fired a scoreless inning for Triple-A Louisville on Friday, striking out all three batters faced.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Starts rehab assignment

    Young (COVID-19) has been sent to Triple-A Louisville to begin a rehab assignment, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Young was one of several Reds players to go on the COVID-19 injured list recently, but he has now been cleared for game action. He shouldn't need a lengthy rehab stint considering he's been out just under a week.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Moves to COVID-19 IL

    The Reds transferred Young (hamstring) to the COVID-19 injured list Saturday (retroactive to Friday).

    Young, who has been on the injured list since late August with left hamstring tightness, threw a scoreless inning in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. However, Young's move to the COVID-19 list pushes his return back indefinitely.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Begins rehab assignment

    Young (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Louisville.

    Young landed on the 15-day injured list Aug. 26 due to left hamstring tightness, but the 29-year-old southpaw appears on track to be activated when first eligible this weekend. He's delivered a solid 3.31 ERA and 45:19 K:BB through 49 innings of relief for the Reds in 2023.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Lands on IL

    The Reds placed Young on the 15-day injured list Saturday with left hamstring tightness.

    Young has already missed a bit of time this month due to a back injury, but now a hamstring issue will force him onto the injured list. He'll be sidelined for the next two weeks, and his roster spot will be filled by Ben Lively, who was activated from the injured list Saturday.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Takes loss in return

    Young (4-1) returned from a back injury and took the loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Pirates. He allowed two runs on one hit and one walk.

    Young, who was removed from his previous outing due to back spasms, was part of a bullpen breakdown that began with Lucas Sims, who had walked a two batters including one that scored on a home run Young allowed. The Reds bullpen has come under scrutiny recently; Cincinnati relievers have a combined 5.68 ERA (26th in MLB) in 50.2 innings (fifth most) over the last 14 days.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Battling back spasms

    Young was removed in the eighth inning of his relief appearance in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals due to back spasms, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Young faced three batters, striking out one and allowing one run on one hit and one walk in the 16-pitch appearance. The Reds will likely wait a day or two and see how he recovers from the back issue before determining whether or not Young requires a stint on the 15-day injured list.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Pulled from appearance with injury

    Young was removed in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Nationals with an apparent injury, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Young entered the contest in the top of the eighth and was expected to work for the entire inning, but he was pulled from the contest after issuing a leadoff walk and then striking out a batter. He appeared to suffer an injury on his final pitch of the day, but the Reds haven't provided a diagnosis yet.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Rescues Reds

    Young allowed one hit and struck out one over one inning to earn a hold in Friday's 6-5 win over the Dodgers.

    Situations don't get much more high leverage than the seventh-inning spot in which manager David Bell called for the left-handed Young. The Dodgers had plated three runs, cutting Cincinnati's lead to 6-5, and the bases were loaded with lefty-hitting Max Muncy due up. Young induced a flyout, then got two more outs in the eighth before closer Alexis Diaz finished it off. The only lefty in the Reds' bullpen, Young has not allowed a run over his last 14 appearances and sports a 2.20 ERA for the season. The 29-year-old journeyman reliever has embraced a new changeup grip this season, per Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer, which helped make him a trusted bullpen arm. That's the pitch he throws most often at 37.5 percent, and opponents are batting just .159 against it.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Scoreless stretch continues

    Young retired the lone batter faced in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Brewers.

    Young finished off the seventh inning after starter Ben Lively ceded a two-run home run to Tyrone Taylor. Finishing off innings is Young's job, and he's been executing well of late. The left-hander has not allowed a run in 13 outings (8.2 innings), and owns a 1.50 ERA over the last 32 appearances (24 innings). For the season, Young has a 2.25 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 15 walks over 40 innings.

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  • Reds' Alex Young: Earns first save of season

    Young picked up the save in Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Astros, allowing one unearned run on one hit over one inning. He struck out one and didn't record a walk.

    Young got the call in the bottom of the 10th after the Reds struck for three runs in the top half of the inning. It was a surprising decision, given Young hasn't been a late-inning option this season, but the top guys in the Reds' bullpen were presumably unavailable after pitching numerous times during Cincinnati's recent win streak. Overall, Young has been solid, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 31:9 K:BB across 30 appearances (28.2 innings), but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to get regular save chances moving forward.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Hawthorn Woods, IL
Age: 30
School: TCU
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, L