The Cincinnati Reds have made multiple roster moves this afternoon in advanced of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The team placed left-handed pitcher Wade Miley (left foot sprain) and outfielder Nick Senzel on the injured list (left knee inflammation). They also designated reliever Carson Fulmer for assignment. Taking their place on the roster, at least for now, are outfielder Scott Heineman, right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau, and right-handed pitcher Brad Brach – who was added to the 40-man roster.
Just yesterday manager David Bell told the media that he was confident that Nick Senzel would be back in the lineup today. He had been available off of the bench for several days in a row, but apparently he wasn’t improving as much as expected/hoped and after playing with such a short bench with both Senzel and the recently added to the injured list Mike Moustakas, the team couldn’t play short-handed any longer.
Wade Miley hitting the injured list will be interesting in the sense that it opens up a spot in the rotation. Ashton Goudeau has made two starts for Louisville, posting a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings with five walks and six strikeouts. He will be working out of the bullpen according to manager David Bell.
“We’ll have to figure out, probably a spot start, some sort of start mixed into our normal rotation to get us through the time that Wade’s out until we have him slotted back in. We don’t know what day that will be or who that would be yet.” Bell said this afternoon.
Miley’s spot in the rotation would come back on Tuesday, but with an off day on Monday the team could slide that back if they needed to or wanted to. That could give them other options – including Vladimir Gutierrez or Tony Santillan, both of whom have pitched well early on in Triple-A for the Bats.
Brad Brach has been dominant for Louisville out of their bullpen. He’s pitched in six games and thrown 6.2 innings without an earned run, walked just one batter, and he’s struck out 12 of the 25 hitters he’s faced.
Scott Heineman has played in 11 games this season in Triple-A, hitting .238/.333/.381 with three steals, five walks, and eight strikeouts in 48 plate appearances.
Carson Fulmer was picked up on waivers from Pittsburgh in the middle of spring training. He didn’t spend much time with the Reds in Goodyear before the team broke for the regular season. Over the first four weeks of the season he was solid, posting a 3.21 ERA in 14.0 innings with five walks and 12 strikeouts. In the three weeks since he’s posted an ERA of 10.80 with 17 hits allowed and eight walks in 11.2 innings.
This article was updated after it was initially published with more information on Ashton Goudeau, his role, and information on a spot start for Miley.