The Cincinnati Reds made one roster move today that everyone knew was coming – they activated right-handed starter Sonny Gray. He was the listed starting pitcher for tonight and has been for several days. It was the other move that we didn’t know was coming, though we did know there was one that was coming. To make room on the 28-man roster for Gray, the Reds designated Nate Jones for assignment.
For Nate Jones, it may not be the end of the road with the organization. There’s a chance he could clear waivers and remain with the Reds in the 40-man player pool for the playoffs. But there’s also a chance he could be claimed by another organization. He’s struck out 23 batters in just 18.2 innings and walked just six in that same span (one being intentional). Those are strong numbers for a reliever.
But….. those aren’t the only numbers. He’s given up 25 hits and five home runs. His 2.4 home runs per 9-innings pitched this season is simply too high for anyone to work around. That issue helped lead to a 6.27 ERA on the season.
For Sonny Gray, he’ll get back on the mound for just the third time this month. He started on the 1st and didn’t make it out of the 1st inning. He then skipped a start and took the mound on the 10th and didn’t make it out of the 4th inning. The Reds placed him on the 10-day injured list following that outing with a back strain.
In July and August, Sonny Gray had a 1.94 ERA in 41.2 innings with 15 walks and 55 strikeouts. But in his two starts in September he’s allowed 11 hits, 11 earned runs, walked six batters, and struck out just five in just 4.0 innings. His ERA in that span is a robust 24.75. Let’s hope that September ERA drops a bit tonight as he takes on the Milwaukee Brewers.