SAN DIEGO -- Reds reliever Jose Arredondo, who is on the 15-day disabled list while trying to work his way back from 2010 Tommy John surgery, had a successful start to his Minor League rehab assignment. Pitching for Double-A Carolina, Arredondo worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts vs. Mobile. His rehab assignment can last up to 30 days, but the club hasn't determined when he might be ready for the Majors. "First and foremost, it will be based on his ability to repeat quality outing and quality pitches and show the durability to give us what we need," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said.
During six Spring Training relief appearances, Arredondo was roughed up for a 16.20 ERA and had four walks over 6 2/3 innings. There were mechanical issues with his delivery, and it affected his location. "He bounced back well in Spring Training, but his breaking stuff wasn't what we had seen when he was healthy with Anaheim," Price said. "He was making a lot of mistakes with his breaking ball and split-fingered pitch. Those were the pitches where he was getting hurt in Spring Training. "We made sure his stuff was a little bit more crisp. It doesn't matter who you are, if you're not somewhat sharp at Double-A or Triple-A, those guys can work you over. He got some kinks in his delivery worked out. If he's back to being able to command his offspeed stuff as he was in 2008, we'd be real pleased."