The Cincinnati Reds have called up right-handed pitcher Sal Romano from Triple-A Louisville. He’ll be taking the place of right-handed pitcher David Hernandez on the roster, who was designated for assignment.
Whether it was health related – he was recently on the injured list for a shoulder fatigue issue – or mechanical – he had cited he noticed some things on video – David Hernandez simply was struggling to get outs for most of the season. Over the last five weeks he’s made 12 appearances and allowed 23 hits, 22 earned runs, 5 home runs, walked 9 batters, and struck out 9 batters in just 8.0 innings pitched. Last night culminated things as he allowed 5 runs to the Cubs in just 1.2 innings pitched.
For now it would seem that the Reds will be replacing him in the bullpen with Sal Romano. For the 25-year-old right-handed pitcher he’ll be looking to keep going with what he’s been doing in Triple-A over the last six weeks since moving into the rotation. Dating back to June 26th he’s thrown 24.0 innings for Louisville, allowed 5 runs (1.88 ERA), walked 5 batters, and he’s struck out 32 of the 71 batters he’s faced. Mixed in there was a 1-game appearance with the Reds against the Brewers where he allowed a run in 3.0 innings of relief that resulted in his first career save in the Majors.
The Reds couldn’t send David Hernandez to the minor leagues because of his big league service time. The only option to take him off of the roster was to designated him for assignment, which also removes him from the 40-man roster. That does open up a spot for the Reds if they do want to make a move to add someone this season. Just me, the author here, talking out loud – but don’t be surprised if that spot eventually goes to a guy like Joel Kuhnel. He’s a big right-handed reliever who has dominated in Double-A and Triple-A this season. He’s the organizations top relief prospect, and he’s about as ready as you’ll get.