The Cincinnati Reds had a roster move this afternoon, activating left-handed starter Wade Miley from the 10-day injured list and optioning right-handed reliever Joel Kuhnel to the Prasco Park roster.
Miley, who has pitched in just one game this year, is returning from a groin injury that he suffered in his start against the Chicago Cubs on July 27th when he lasted just 1.2 innings and was charged with five earned runs and another unearned run. The lefty struggled in just about every facet that day, hitting two batters, walking two others, and giving up four hits while throwing 57 pitches. He’ll look to rebound and look more like the guy who was a Cy Young contender in the American League for much of the 2019 season before his struggles in September when he was reportedly tipping his pitches reared their ugly head and saw his ERA jump up nearly a full run for the season.
For Joel Kuhnel, he will head back to Prasco Park out in Mason where the team’s alternate site is. The big right-handed reliever was called up on August 8th. He appeared in the game for the Reds the next day in Milwaukee, and unfortunately he struggled as he gave up two solo home runs on the day while picking up a strikeout in his inning of work.
The roster move gets the rotation back to the place the Reds hoped it would be when the season began: Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer, Wade Miley, and Anthony DeSclafani. It also gets the bullpen to eight pitchers again on the season. For a while the team had nine pitchers in the bullpen, but now it’s back to Tejay Antone, Amir Garrett, Raisel Iglesias, Nate Jones, Michael Lorenzen, Tyler Mahle, Cody Reed, and Lucas Sims taking up the spots at Great American Ballpark in left-center field behind the outfield wall.