The Cincinnati Reds have called out outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville. He’s taking the place on the roster of reliever Wandy Peralta, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hip flexor strain.
For Phillip Ervin, it’s a return to the big leagues once again. He had two different stints in the Majors with the Reds in April. Then he had another short stint in Cincinnati during May. He’s back once again, and it’s coming at a time when he’s on fire. In June, down in Triple-A Louisville, he’s hitting .343/.410/.543. But he’s been hitting well for a while now. Going back to the start of May he’s hitting .323/.427/.583 with 7 doubles, 6 home runs, 14 walks, and 21 strikeouts in 117 plate appearances in the minors.
Who knows how long he will be up – the team seems determined to have an 8-man bullpen as long as they possibly can. But while he is up, he does give the Reds an extra right-handed bat on the bench. Or perhaps in the starting lineup in left field if David Bell chooses to sit Jesse Winker against a left-handed pitcher and keep Jose Peraza on the bench. For tonight, at least, Ervin is in the starting line up and playing left field with Mike Minor, a left-handed pitcher on the mound.
For Wandy Peralta, last night didn’t go well for him. After entering the game in the 5th inning with 2 runners on he would proceed to give up a grand slam and see a 2-0 deficit turn into a 6-0 one. The lefty moving to the injured list with a hip flexor injury puts the bullpen back to a 7-man crew – at least for now. It also leaves the bullpen with just two lefties – Zach Duke and Amir Garrett.