It wasn’t an inferno at all, actually, but I’m never not gonna use a pun when I can help it. DeSclafani went 6 1/3 allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts. There were a couple of loud home runs – both solo shots – and a lot of ground balls and weak contact. His fastball sat 93-94, which is right where it should be. I talked to him afterward.

How his start went: “I thought it went good. I felt healthy. I was able to compete. I felt my stuff was better last start than this start, but I had to grind this game out.”

On his breaking pitches, which I said didn’t seem to be working for him early in the game: “I was struggling a little trying to get ahead in the count. I was falling behind trying to throw some breaking balls and off speed stuff… Jeff came up to me after one of the innings and said I was starting to wrap my slider… And that helped from that point on. It was breaking later and they were getting weaker contact.

Do you know the plan? “I do not. I haven’t been told anything yet. Hopefully it’s up to Cincinnati. That’s the goal.”

DeSclafani would be on full rest as of Monday, when the Reds are off and could easily slot into the Tuesday rotation spot right behind Castillo, who is scheduled to start on Sunday.

7 Responses

  1. Jbrat22

    I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m excited at the prospect of getting Disco back. Seems like he will take Homer’s spot, and I think it’s about time for Stephenson to come up and replace Romano. He got hit pretty hard today. Couple those moves with bringing up Senzel once he’s reacclinated and the Reds will keep me watching for a bit longer.

  2. David

    Stephenson replaces Romano or Mahle. Mahle pitches Friday, and he MIGHT get hit hard (or not) against the ….Padres?
    Yeah, I would probably send Romano down. His control just has not been that sharp.

    I would bring up Dilson Herrera before Senzel, because Dilson is OUT OF OPTIONS and the Reds will lose him after this year unless he is on the 25 man roster. I want to see if he can play in the ML.

    Frankly, I don’t know where Senzel ends up in the line up, or position. With Shed Long coming after him at 2nd base, where does he end up? Left Field.? Maybe Senzel plays Center Field? Who knows?
    I think that the Reds have decided that he can’t handle Shortstop. That experiment is dead. I also don’t see Suarez moving back to Short, because he has put on weight and probably can’t move that well at Short (limited range).

  3. Ethan L

    Can we count on him being healthy? I am not getting any hopes up.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      If the Reds are counting on him being healthy then they are suffering from some type of mental disorder. We can all hope he is but to count on it would be a big mistake. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I was at the spring training game where he apparently injured himself. He actually looked quite good although velocity wasn’t quite what I had expected. Breaking ball was effective that day though.

  4. David

    Desclafani is one of those guys that has the physical make up of a pro-athlete, but will constantly be hurt because….he’s injury prone. He’ll get hurt again. If he finishes the year and doesn’t get hurt again (a big if), I would trade him. Who knows, the Reds might actually get some minor leaguer of some value.

  5. David

    2012: Studs
    2015, 2016, 2017: Duds

    Some pitchers, especially relievers, have gotten overused because the starters absolutely stink, and be surprised that people get injured.