Jeff Hoffman is close to returning from the Reds injured list

Over his first five starts of the season, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jeff Hoffman had a 3.33 ERA.

In April, Hoffman's slider was one of the more effective pitches in the Reds starting rotation, and he was averaging about five innings per start.

Then inflammation started building in his shoulder. Hoffman had a 6.48 ERA in his five starts in May, and he went on the injured list at the end of the month with a right shoulder impingement. 

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Hoffman has missed about five weeks, but on Sunday he said he feels healthy and ready to return to game action. 

“I feel much more like what I felt in the first month and month-and-a-half of the season,” Hoffman said. “I feel like the injury crept in my head and started to really impact the way I pitch, and that’s why we got to where we got. Right now, I’m back to doing what I was doing earlier in the year.”

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman (23) delivers in the first inning during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, May 21, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

After he went on the injured list, a scan of Hoffman’s shoulder showed inflammation building in his shoulder. Hoffman went on the 10-day IL after his start on May 26 against the Washington Nationals, and he began a rehab assignment in Triple-A on June 22. 

Hoffman has built up from two innings to four innings on his rehab assignment, and he allowed just one run in four innings on Friday with the Louisville Bats.

“I’m just healthy, that’s the main thing,” Hoffman said. “That’s throwing strikes, going up in the zone and getting out of the zone when I need to with my chase pitches.”

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman (23) talks to his teammates and pitching coach during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

When Hoffman went on the injured list in May, rookie Vladimir Gutierrez filled his spot in the rotation. Gutierrez has a 4.93 ERA in his seven starts with the Reds, and Gutierrez has also led the Reds to three wins.

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In two starts against the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers this season, Gutierrez pitched a combined 13 innings while allowing just four total runs.

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