The Cincinnati Reds have called up infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter from the Prasco Park roster. He’s taking the place on the roster of right-handed reliever Pedro Strop, who suffered a right groin strain over the weekend in Milwaukee.
The move to add a position player in place of a reliever may not make sense on the surface, but it does when you look at the last move the team made which was to recall right-handed pitcher Tejay Antone when the team placed second baseman Mike Moustakas on the injured list over the weekend (Moustakas’ move was retroactive to Thursday).
For Josh VanMeter, he’ll get an opportunity to try and get things going. He began the season 0-14 with two walks, was hit by a pitch, and he had struck out seven times before he was optioned to the Prasco Park roster last week.
Pedro Strop has pitched in four games this season for the Reds out of the bullpen and allowed just one hit. But he’s struggled to throw strikes in his time with Cincinnati early on this season, too. While he has struck out three batters in his 2.1 innings pitched, he’s walked six batters in that same span. He’ll miss at least the next week, as his move to the injured list was retroactive to August 8th.
The bullpen continues to be an area of weakness for the Cincinnati Reds. There are some new guys in there over the last few days for a variety of different reasons, but Joel Kuhnel, Tyler Mahle, and Tejay Antone now find themselves in a situation where they can hopefully be a part of the group that helps turn things around. If they perform well, when Pedro Strop is ready to return, perhaps it will be someone else who is in the conversation to head off to Prasco Park.