The Cincinnati Reds have made several roster moves this evening. They activated right-handed pitcher Tyler Mahle from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. They also placed outfielder Jesse Winker on the 10-day injured list. That move is retroactive to Monday.
For Tyler Mahle, it’s a move that comes a day after his second rehab appearance with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Last night he allowed a run in 2.2 innings where he walked a batter and he struck out five. The run he was charged with scored after he had exited the game. The reliever who replaced him allowed a 2-run homer to the first batter he faced, scoring the inherited runner who was on second base when Mahle left the game after 53 pitches. While he was optioned, assuming that he is recalled when rosters expand in September, this won’t actually burn an option. By rule, if a player is called back up before 20 days from when he was optioned, that option does not count.
The move to place Jesse Winker on the injured list felt like it was a long time coming. He was available to pinch hit for several days, and even did so once – on Sunday. But otherwise, he hasn’t played since the 14th. The move to place in on the injured list means that he won’t be eligible to come back until the middle of next week.
The Reds also have not announced the corresponding roster move yet to replace Jesse Winker’s now vacated spot. But the team did tweet out a photo of the players all wearing jerseys about to board the team plane to make the trip to Pittsburgh to open up a weekend series.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 22, 2019
Within that photo is one Mr. Derek Dietrich, who had been on a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. While it’s not official, expect that to be the roster move that’s coming tomorrow. Not that it matters, but he went 2-11 in three games on his rehab assignment. Both hits were singles.