With both Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray making the All-Star team, the Cincinnati Reds weren’t sure how the rotation for the second half would go. Depending on if they were used in the game it would change up their availability. As we noted last night, Luis Castillo pitched, and embarrassed some of the best hitters in the American League during the 4th inning. Sonny Gray, however, did not make an appearance in the game. That’s two All-Star games for him and zero appearances.

The Reds took that information and set forth the order of their rotation coming out of the All-Star break. Sonny Gray will kick things off on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. He’ll be followed in the rotation by Tanner Roark and Tyler Mahle over the weekend to finish up the series in Colorado. The Reds will then head to Chicago, grabs some Giordano’s pizza, and send Luis Castillo to the mound on Monday night to open the series up. Rounding out the rotation will be Anthony DeSclafani on Tuesday night.

It may be worth noting, or it may not mean a single thing, but Alex Wood, who is currently on a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, lines up with the day currently held by Anthony DeSclafani. That, of course, assumes that both of them remain on a 5-day schedule moving forward and neither is having days off before Wood could be deemed “ready” to return to the Major Leagues.

Josh VanMeter optioned to Triple-A

Speaking of the Triple-A Louisville Bats, they’ll be getting back Josh VanMeter. Called up on America’s birthday, VanMeter spent the last five days with the Major League club. Now he’ll be re-joining the Bats in the minors. At least for now. The corresponding roster move to fill out the Reds 25-man roster has not yet been announced. It will be made on Friday before the game with the Rockies.