Ohio State center and potential first-round NFL draft pick Billy Price underwent successful surgery on his incomplete pec tear Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Price is expected to be sidelined four months but should be ready for the start of training camp. Surgery is not expected to alter his draft stock, a source said. A second medical opinion recommended the surgery.
The most coveted of the available Hawks has been center Dewayne Dedmon, who returned from an injury a month ago and has put up good numbers (10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes) this year. Dedmon has a player option in his contract for next season and is expected to exercise it in search of a new deal.
Ideally, the Hawks could fetch a late first-rounder for Dedmon. But first-round picks will be hard to come by on Thursday, and no one’s giving up a first-round pick for a few months of Dedmon, even as he has played better since returning. Still, the Bucks have expressed interest, sources told Sporting News, and though the Sixers are expected to make a push for help on the wing, there’s been some interest from Philadelphia, which will have four second-round picks in this year’s draft. Oklahoma City, too, is looking for wing help, but has interest in Dedmon for frontcourt depth.
Lorenzen made his major league debut in 2015 and had 21 starts along with six relief appearances for the Reds. He went 4-9 with a 5.40 ERA overall, and Cincinnati decided to move him to the bullpen.
His best season was 2016, when he went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 35 games. He was used in late-inning roles last season and was inconsistent: a 2.93 ERA before the All-Star break and 6.32 afterward. He finished 8-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 70 appearances.
Raisel Iglesias returns as the closer. The Reds signed right-handers Jared Hughes and David Hernandez for set-up roles, limiting Lorenzen’s options in the bullpen at the outset.
Lorenzen is competing with three others for the only open spot in the rotation. If he doesn’t get it, he could move back into the bullpen.
Lorenzen pitched two solid innings in his first game this spring but failed to last two innings the next time out. He gave up five runs, five hits and two walks while retiring only five batters. He couldn’t throw strikes with any of his pitches.