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.

4 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    We’re 1/3 of the way into the season under new management from top to bottom,

    Yeah….except they ran the camera up to the booth in gabp during the last homestand and there was 84 yr old geezer Walt Jocketty blabbing into the phone (prob into Dick Williams ear) in the booth below. Some things never change. Jocketty and Thom B. are there for life. So when I come to that area…I play a little poker at the casino and give the Reds ZERO of my $$$ as I drive by gabp.

  2. JB WV

    Ervin has put up terrific numbers at AAA, which normally wouldn’t be exciting, except that he has never really put up great numbers at AAA. He may be a late bloomer. I’m with you guys, let him play.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Don’t they have to pray that Puig gets it going? They’ve needed a few strong RH bats since Rolen left. He’s here. He has some talent. He plays hard and has a huge arm. I think it could be a mechanical thing. Warning track power seems weird to say for a guy thats 240 lbs of muscle, but he mostly swings with only his upper body? It feels like he’s cracked the ball the other way atleast 5x this year and I said HR to myself, but they catch it on the track. I think the HRs could come in bunches if he can actually step into the ball again? Hopefully with HRs would come walks from respect/fear after that? What else can they do in their situation but hope?

    Suarez is very good, but he still goes into long slumps. He K’d last night and it looked like a swing on the PGA? Long…long swing. Its not easy…Mookie Betts is hitting .262, but they have to find some consistency somewhere. Guys with the right approach and smart enough to make adjustments.

  4. Roger Garrett

    I agree Jim.Never ever understood why the Reds don’t just put the young guys out there and let them play.Puig ain’t going to be here next year even if he is Mickey Mantle or Mickey Mouse for the rest of the year.Sure he may help us win a few more games but it never should be a priority over playing younger guys just to see what they have got.Of course that is where the real disconnect has been all along during this year after year rebuild.We are still talking about the same guys getting a legit chance on the mound and in the field that we were talking about 3 or 4 years ago.