The Cincinnati Reds have activated left-handed pitcher Wade Miley. To create room on the 28-man active roster the Reds optioned catcher Tyler Stephenson to the 40-man player pool.
For Wade Miley, he is returning from the injured list where he was placed after suffering a shoulder injury in his last appearance – a shutout outing where he allowed just one hit in 4.0 innings against Milwaukee. That was nearly a month ago, with the outing taking place on August 27th. Miley made a few appearances at Prasco Park since then. Miley joins Amir Garrett as the only left-handed pitchers on the roster that has 14 total pitchers on it. Look for Miley to join Garrett in the bullpen for the remainder of the year.
“He (manager David Bell) just told me to be ready,” said Miley. “Any moment throughout the game, late in the game, early in the game – he said be ready. I’ve thrown off the mound every other day for the last 3-4 days and everything seems to be fine.”
For Tyler Stephenson, he’s been optioned into the 40-man player pool. The final workout or whatever you would like to call it was today at Prasco Park. With the regular season coming to an end on Sunday, and the playoffs beginning on Monday, the alternate roster sites are coming to a close around Major League Baseball.
Tyler Mahle to start, Sonny Gray to relief
Don’t lose your mind just yet based on the headline above – This is for the weekend only. Well, sort of. Tyler Mahle will make the start on Friday in Minnesota for the Cincinnati Reds. What is likely to follow, though it sounds like the playoff situation could alter the plans depending on how things go, will be Luis Castillo on Saturday and Trevor Bauer on Sunday. That means that Sonny Gray won’t be starting, but that he will be available to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend if needed. Jeremy Rauch of Fox 19 was the first that I saw report it.
David Bell says weekend rotation in MINN will likely be:
Fri- Tyler Mahle
Sat – Luis Castillo
Sun – Trevor Bauer
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 23, 2020