The Cincinnati Reds made a roster move today before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The team recalled right-handed reliever Joel Kuhnel from their alternate site at Prasco Park and optioned right-handed pitcher José De León to the alternate site at Prasco Park. De León, though, will remain with the team in Milwaukee as a part of the taxi squad for this road trip (the taxi squad can and has changed with each road trip – it isn’t a permanent roster).
Last season saw Joel Kuhnel come up from the minor leagues in mid-August and post a 4.66 ERA in his 11 appearances. The righty reliever threw 9.2 innings, allowed eight hits, walked five, struck out nine, and gave up just one homer. Last year he averaged 96.2 MPH on his 4-seam fastball, and 95.9 MPH on his 2-seam fastball. He also showed both a change up and a slider.
For José De León, his Cincinnati Reds debut didn’t go as hoped. In his lone game, pitching in Cleveland against the Indians earlier this week, he was left on the mound to take one for the team. He would ultimately be charged with eight earned runs in 1.2 innings (43.20 ERA) while walking four batters (one intentionally) and striking out three of the 13 hitters that he faced.
No other moves have officially been made yet, but last night saw both Nick Senzel and Pedro Strop exit the game with groin injuries. Prior to the game today, manager David Bell said that Senzel was day-to-day. He didn’t have the same news on Strop, saying that he could be out for an extended period of time. No timetable was really set with that.
The current road trip comes to an end tomorrow before the off day on Monday. A roster move could be something they look to work with on Tuesday if the outlook doesn’t seem positive by then with regards to Strop.