John Fay believes the Reds will shake up the bullpen before they play again tomorrow.
It sounds as if a fairly large roster shuffle could happen before Tuesday, when the Reds open a three-game series at Great American Ball Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The bullpen likely will be addressed for the 99th or so time this season.
Reds manager Pete Mackanin has not discussed possible moves with general manager Wayne Krivsky at length, as it’s ultimately Krivsky’s call.
“(But) it would be a good idea to think that we’re going to be different,” Mackanin said. “I don’t know anything specific. But we’ve talked briefly about it. There may be changes made, depending upon certain things.”
Right-hander Todd Coffey and left-hander Michael Gosling got beat around in the Reds’ 9-8 win over the Pirates on Saturday. Between the two of them, they faced eight batters and got two outs.
Coffey’s ERA is up to 6.04. He’s given up 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings since the All-Star Break. Gosling’s allowed five runs in his last 61/3 innings.
“I assume we’re going to do something,” Mackanin said. “We’re always trying to improve. Every time you go out, you’re auditioning.”
I’ve been a long time supporter of Coffey, but let’s face it, he’s stunk the place up, for whatever reason. But if they send these two down, who do they bring up? Bray is, in my opinion, an obvious choice. Other names mentioned are Majewski and Guardado (who threw a bullpen in Dayton over the weekend.)
The Reds also might make a move with Ryan Freel. He’s missed the last two games with a sore right knee, the same knee he had surgery on in 2005.
“We might make a move with a position,” Mackanin said.
And who might that be?
If the Reds bring up an outfielder to replace Freel, the hottest hitter at Triple-A is Jay Bruce, the 20-year-old top pick from 2005.
He is hitting .312 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games with Louisville.
“From what I heard, he’s a pretty good-looking player,” Mackanin said.
If they bring Jay up, I hope he plays in front of Hopper. I’m not anti-Hopper; I like the guy, he plays hard, does what he can do, etc. But there is no point putting Jay on the 40 man roster if he’s coming up to sit on the bench. If they’re looking for an extra OFer to sit in the bench, Chris Dickerson is probably a better choice.