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Hunter Greene among 3 Reds pitchers to go to COVID-19 list. He's expected to miss a week

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene will miss at least a week after he was among three pitchers placed on the COVID-19 injured list, the team said Friday.

“Hunter will be on the COVID list for seven days," Reds manager David Bell said. "He could pitch any time after that as long as he gets better each day. He could start on Friday. That would be the earliest.”

After the first game of the Friday doubleheader, won by the Cubs 6-2, the Reds announced they also put right-handed starter Ben Lively and reliever Fernando Cruz on the COVID-19 list.

Greene (3-6), a 24-year-old fireballer, had three starts after returning Aug. 20 from nearly two months on the injured list with a sore hip.

His first two starts after that were rocky — 13 earned runs in a total of 6 2/3 innings — but he rebounded in his last outing on Wednesday, allowing one run and three hits through 5 1/3 as the Reds beat the Giants 4-1.

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