Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene to undergo Tommy John surgery

Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene went 2.1 innings in his second start. Dayton defeated visiting South Bend 4-1 at Fifth Third Field on Wed., April 18, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene went 2.1 innings in his second start. Dayton defeated visiting South Bend 4-1 at Fifth Third Field on Wed., April 18, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

He suffers setback after injuring elbow last year

Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene will undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow next week, President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams announced Monday at Great American Ball Park.

Greene threw to live hitters Saturday. Williams said he was there and the session went well.

“When he was warming up several days later for another session of live BP,” Williams said, “he felt some discomfort. We shut him down. We had the MRIs done, and there was no new damage that had occurred to the ligament, so he will require surgery.”

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Greene was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 draft. He pitched with the Dayton Dragons in 2018 and was 3-7 with a 4.48 ERA. He sprained his right elbow in August and missed the rest of the season.

“We had some real good doctors look at him (last year,” Williams said. “That was their conclusion. He was cleared to throw back in the fall. He went through a program all winter without a setback. I think everyone was on board with what we did and wished it had worked, and now that it hasn’t it was clear from the scans this time around that surgery would be required to make sure we get it repaired.”