I think it would be nice to have this thread to monitor the progress and performance of Grant Balfour as he goes through his minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Balfour, who was signed by the Reds in January after he was not tendered a contract by the Minnesota Twins, is rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery and shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. Before his injuries, Balfour threw a mid-90s or better fastball and a good slider. He has a career 4.63 ERA over 68 innings. He compiled 74 strikouts over that time and had a WHIP of 1.46. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2004, when he recorded an OPS against of .681.
Balfour's first rehab appearance was a good one. He threw a perfect inning while striking out one.
I will try to update this with each appearance Balfour makes while on his rehab assignment.
Balfour made his second appearance out of the bullpen in Dayton. He again threw a perfect inning, this time while striking out two. He now has two innings pitched, allowing 0 hits, 0 walks, while striking out 3.
Balfour reported having a sore muscle in his shoulder on Sunday, and it is not known when is next rehab appearance will be. His fastball velocity was at 92-93 mph in his last appearance, (Wednesday). This is all according to the Reds website.