The Cincinnati Reds were awfully busy this afternoon. Right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a cervical strain. That move is retroactive to Wednesday. The Reds recalled left-handed reliever Wandy Peralta from Triple-A. They also activated left-handed reliever Zach Duke from the injured list. Yesterday they optioned right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims back to Triple-A after making a spot start on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

That set of moves certainly changes the look of the bullpen. With the move of Robert Stephenson being retroactive to Wednesday, it’s likely a sign that they don’t think he’ll need much time to get back on the field. That’s a good thing as he’s been one of the better relievers on the team thus far. Both Wandy Peralta and Zach Duke have struggled – Peralta more recently, while Duke has had problems since the beginning of the year in his role.

The Reds also picked up right-handed pitcher R.J. Alaniz from the Seattle Mariners off of waivers. To make room for him on the 40-man roster the team placed Alex Wood on the 60-day injured list. Alaniz, after being claimed, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

What do we know about RJ Alaniz?

The 27-year-old reliever made his Major League debut this season with Seattle on April 12th. He pitched in 4 games for the Mariners over a 9-day span, and he struggled in 3 of those 4 games. Against Houston in his debut he allowed 4 earned in 2.0 innings. Against the Angels on the 18th he allowed 4 runs while recording just 1 out. Three days later he allowed another run to the Angels in an inning of work. In his 4.0 innings he allowed 11 hits, 3 walks, 3 home runs, and 10 earned runs (20.25 ERA).

While he’s been better than that in Triple-A, it’s not by much. He’s been very hittable this season, giving up 18 hits (and 7 walks) in just 12.2 innings for Tacoma. His ERA sits at 6.39. He’s been much better than that in the past (see his career stats). And he’s probably been a bit better than that this season, too – he’s struck out 23 batters in 12.2 innings. Essentially, he’s either giving up hits or striking guys out. That’s a weird combination to see.

He’s a 2-pitch guy, throwing a fastball and a slider – and he does so at about a 55-45 split. His 4-seamer works in the 93-96 range. The slider will come in around 85 MPH, but has been as high as 89 MPH this season in the Majors.

14 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    You didn’t mention the Reds signing LHRP Eric Stout to minor league deal this morning. He’ll probably go to Louisville also.
    That sure is a huge waste of a 40-man roster spot on Alaniz. There have been other LH relievers DFA’d in the last couple of weeks that would have warranted a look. What is the reason for signing Alaniz? AAA depth? There were better options out there if that is the reason. Woo-hoo he can get a few strikeouts while giving up runs at an incredible rate. He had a 1.974 WHIP at AAA Tacoma, just what you are looking for in a LH reliever. Derek Johnson won’t have a chance to fix him when he is at AAA.
    Woo-hoo again. Peralta and Duke are back. Get ready for more bullpen bonfires.

    • Bill J

      Someone said strike outs and home runs are nice, but low pitch counts and clutch hits are too. I seen that a position player pitched a couple of innings and struck out 6, throwing a little over 60 MPH.

  2. matthew hendley

    Not good news about Stephenson. If ALaniz is not DFAd the first time a roster spot is needed I will be suppressed. Sounds like a perfect player for a grab, stash, and slash. Not suppressed about sims, disappointed that they are not putting more pressure on Disco, and Mahle. Dukes got no excuses now. Could have asked for a rehab start to get his stuff together in the minors but didn’t. Oh well
    Lineup out for tonight, playing with 7 position players again. Votto is healthy though, so that’s a plus.

    • Bill

      Matthew, I always enjoy your posts; but, you don’t sound suppressed.

      • matthew hendley

        I should have a witty comeback for this, but I don’t. Good Catch

      • RojoBenjy

        Matthew- I guess your wit is suppressed.


        And once more, all together—
        “Free Josh van Meter!!!”

    • lwblogger2

      7 position players? Who are you not counting?

      • matthew hendley

        I will let you guess. look in the OF

  3. RedAlert

    Peraza in the lineup again in left field ! – now convinced he has some compromising photos of David Bell or something – geeze ridiculous !

    • Steve Mancuso

      Peraza’s performance against LH pitchers has been a lot better than Winker’s. I’m sure that’s what’s behind Bell’s lineup. Same with Dietrich and Farmer at 2B.

  4. ToBeDetermined

    12.2 IP 18 Hits 7 Walks 23 SO

    Those are really wild stats
    I wonder what those stats look like for just his fastball or just his slider.
    or is it a location thing.

    • Mark Lang

      Those are some really ugly numbers – I’m betting some pitching coach has been watching tapes and thinks he knows what will fix him in all but the SO numbers.