The Cincinnati Reds activated right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson from the 10-day injured list this afternoon. To make room for him on the active roster the team designated left-handed reliever Cody Reed for assignment. That move not only opened up a spot on the 28-man roster, but it also cleared a spot on the 40-man roster. That spot isn’t likely to be filled in the short term, as the team will need a spot when Nick Senzel is ready to return. Senzel is currently on the injured list – not to be confused with the 10-day injured list – and as such, does not count towards the 40-man roster until removed from that list.

For Robert Stephenson, he rejoins the team after spending nearly a month on the injured list with a mid-back strain. He has only pitched in one game this season, allowing two earned in 0.1 innings pitched against Detroit on July 25th. In 2019 he broke through as a reliable pitcher out of the Reds bullpen. In 57 games he posted a 3.76 ERA in 64.2 innings with 24 walks (4 intentional) and 81 strikeouts to go along with a 1.04 WHIP.

For Cody Reed, 2020 didn’t go as planned. Out of options he was given a chance to prove himself. But he struggled to throw strikes, walking eight batters in 9.1 innings and allowing 10 hits. He also hit a batter. His ERA in his nine appearances was 5.79, his WHIP was 1.93, and he allowed five of the seven runners he inherited on the bases to score. With that said, he had pitched better of late. He had thrown 6.0 shutout innings in his last five appearances dating back to August 7th. From July 28th through August 6th he allowed six earned in 3.1 innings and allowed 11 base runners.

As John Fay pointed out on twitter after the announcement was made, with Cody Reed now gone (though technically he could remain in the organization if no one picks him up), only Brandon Finnegan remains from the Johnny Cueto trade to Kansas City. Finnegan is over at Prasco Park currently as a part of the Reds 60-man player pool on the alternate roster.

14 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    And now the failure of the Cueto trade is complete.
    Reds need to figure out how to develop pitching talent.

  2. Old-school

    I heard a snippet of Cowboy and thrall.yesterday talking of Reed. He couldn’t get lefties out but got righties. They were wondering if that’s who he was. Tigers have 2 good controllable lefties. This bullpen desperately needs a tandem to pair with Garrett to get lefties out.

    • Doug Gray

      I didn’t hear it, but if that’s what they were saying, I have to ask what they were looking at when coming up with that point because it’s not the stats.

      Even in 2020, RHH have a .935 OPS against him versus a LHH group with an .872 OPS against him.

      In his MLB career he’s got an .899 and a .660 OPS split with RHH representing that .899 mark. In 2018, when he was a quality big league pitcher and threw 43 innings, LHH had a .560 OPS against him and RHH had a .774 OPS against him.

      There’s just nothing, even in the minors, that suggests he gets righties out and doesn’t get lefties out.

      • JayTheRed

        There has been so little evidence that Reed was going to put it together with the exception of one season where he was decent out of the bullpen. Great potential but just never could put it together. I’m hoping someone picks him up. I’m tired of waiting for what ifs with him.

    • Old-school

      He couldn’t throw strikes against lefties yesterday, but got out goldschmidt and righties.

      Maybe that’s the point . He’s erratic and can’t be counted on outing to outing to fill a role.

  3. Scott C

    IMO they DFA’d the wrong pitcher. Nate Jones should have been the one.

  4. Woodrow

    I don’t know about calling the Cueto trade a failure.
    *spectacular 2016 for the Giants … while the Reds finished 35.5 games out
    *paid $104 million since the start of 2016
    *roughly the same in-game value as Michael Lorenzen since opening day 2017
    *due $22 million next year
    If anything, Reds could have gotten Manaea, or 20-20 rear view vision says Hader from the Astros. Or one to three of the 25 other minor league pitchers moved that same week that have provided less value than Finnegan and Reed might still provide.

    I do miss the little twist and pause though. Will still sneak a couple innings of any Cueto start and make Luis Tiant references to myself.

  5. MK

    I would start Antone and make Miley #2 lefty in pen.

    • JayTheRed

      Miley made some progress his last start. Even just watching him he seemed to have better command of his pitches overall. I’m willing to give him another start or two before I’m ready to send him to the bullpen.

  6. Gene Kehoe

    Thanks goodness we don’t have Cueto’s contract to eat! Will be interesting to see if anyone picks Reed up. If they do it will only be because he’s a lefty. He just might be back at Prasco soon. The Reds have now not scored a run except for home runs since the 3rd inning of last Thursday’s game. That’s 42 innings! Unbelievable!

    • JayTheRed

      Wow nice stat… I didn’t realize that. I’m really beginning to miss old baseball from the early 2000’s and 1990’s where it was special to hit a home run now anyone can do it.

      By the way anyone see Jose Iggy’s stats lately … He is having a nice season of course. Still little power but he has hit several doubles and his on base is over .400

      Not that I hate Galvis or anything though either sadly has been in the top 5 for this team’s hitting stats.

  7. Chris

    Wow! I remember being ripped for my suggestion to dump Reed a few weeks ago on this site by the esteemed writer of this column. I was told Reed’s numbers for a certain length of time were so good, that it would be utterly foolish to release Reed. I’m just giving you a hard time Doug. In fairness, most of this team gives credence to being released.