It was a very busy afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds as they made a handful of roster moves before the start of their weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.
The team designated outfielder Phillip Ervin for assignment, recalled right-handed pitcher José De León from the Prasco Park alternate roster, activated right-handed starter Anthony DeSclafani from the paternity list, placed Wade Miley on the injured list with a left shoulder sprain, and signed right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson to a minor league contract and assigned him to the 60-man player pool and put him on the alternate roster at Prasco Park.
There’s a whole lot of stuff to get to here, so let’s tackle it one move at a time. Wade Miley was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder sprain. This may be significant, or it may not be. What’s important to note here is that, as Will Carroll always points out, a sprain is a tear, and Wade Miley – according to the Reds – has a sprained left shoulder. Of course, it’s also worth noting that just about any pitcher alive has something going on in their arm that if you really looked for it, you could probably find. Still, the words shoulder and sprain being together are never good. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
Last night saw Miley throw 4.0 shutout innings in Milwaukee. His outing, however, only lasted that long because the lefty alerted manager David Bell that he was tiring. That led to the remaining three innings going to the bullpen as the team completed the Thursday sweep of the double header. Unfortunately, the tiring aspect of the outing may have been a sign that something wasn’t quite right in his shoulder.
The team activated right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani from paternity leave. This is good news. Given that he was activated, it’s being assumed by the author of this article that everyone involved is healthy and doing well.
Phillip Ervin has been designated for assignment. The outfielder simply hasn’t hit this season. He was 3-35 coming into the day – that’s a .086 average – and all three of his hits were singles. Before this year, he had spent parts of the previous three seasons with the Reds and was essentially a league average hitter as he posted a 97 OPS+ while hitting .262/.326/.438. Things just never got going for Ervin in 2020.
José De León is returning to the big leagues again. The right-handed pitcher had made one appearance this season for Cincinnati. It didn’t go well as he was charged with eight runs – all earned – in 1.2 innings while walking four (one intentionally) and striking out three. He’s been pitching at Prasco Park this year when he wasn’t on the big league roster or taxi squad for some road trips.
The Reds also announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson. The 32-year-old has pitched in parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues. Last year he posted a 4.45 ERA in 30.1 innings with Milwaukee, striking out 47 batters with 18 walks. This season he was pitching in Japan, throwing 7.0 innings for Chiba Lotte. He had pitched in Japan from 2016-2018, and has a career 2.16 ERA over there in 183.0 innings as a reliever.