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Claussen is scheduled to have surgery Monday to clean out his pitching shoulder. Claussen is expected to be ready for spring training.
Claussen was put on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with shoulder tendinitis a day after one of the worst outings of his career. The Cincinnati Reds left-hander is 0-4 in his last five starts and gave up eight hits and nine runs in just over two innings on Friday.
Claussen tied a major league record by giving up four home runs to the Brewers in the fourth inning on Saturday. Milwaukee hit five homers in the inning off Cincinnati pitchers, only the fourth time in major league history and the first time since 1966 that has happened. The left-hander gave up nine runs in only three innings and watched his ERA balloon from 3.18 to 6.75
Claussen allowed just one unearned run on six hits over 5.2 innings to record the victory, as the Reds topped the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday. The lefthander, who has now won his last five decisions, has a 2.77 ERA over his last six starts.
Despite walking five batters, Claussen held the Chicago Cubs scoreless through seven solid innings in Monday's 9-4 victory, notching his third win in as many starts. The Reds' lefthander allowed just two hits during his time on the mound and struck out three.
Claussen tied a Reds team record by surrendering five home runs in Monday's loss to the Chicago Cubs. Prior to his departure in the fourth, the lefthander had allowed seven runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking a pair in 3.2 innings of work -- one of his worst outings of the 2005 campaign.
Claussen continues to show improvement after being hit on the pitching arm by a line drive and twisting his left ankle as he fell to the ground in Tuesday's game against the Padres. The Reds' lefthander was scheduled to make his next start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, but will be held out as a precautionary measure. Elizardo Ramirez will take the mound in his absence.
A trip to the disabled list is not expected at this point, and Claussen should be ready for his next turn in the starting rotation. In five outings this season, he is 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA.
Claussen was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres after taking a line drive off his pitching arm. After being hit by the ball, the Reds' lefthander fell to the ground and twisted his left ankle on the way down. Precautionary X-rays on the ankle were negative, and he was walking with a slight limp after the game. Prior to his departure, Claussen had allowed just three hits in 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one.
Claussen will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days to determine if he will be ready for his next start. At this point, consider him questionable. In five outings this season, he is 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA.