The Cincinnati Reds announced this morning that they have placed right-handed starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder injury that he suffered last night in his start against the Washington Nationals. After walking his 5th batter of the game, Hoffman motioned to the dugout and the trainer and manager came out for a very brief conversation before they all walked back to the dugout. Hoffman then exited the dugout with the trainer to presumably go to the clubhouse to be examined further.
At least for right now the Reds will replace Jeff Hoffman on the roster by calling up reliever Cionel Pérez from Triple-A Louisville. He’s been up and down this year between the two stops. The lefty posted a 7.71 ERA with 14 walks and 12 strikeouts in 14.0 innings with Cincinnati earlier this season. In Louisville he’s made just two appearances with both being a hitless inning each, but both also featured a walk – an issue he’s going to have to improve upon moving forward if he’s going to be effective on the mound in the long run.
Cincinnati has also called up reliever Art Warren. He will only be available in the second game played today against Washington. The game on Wednesday was suspended by rain and will be resumed this afternoon at 2:05pm ET. It will be played to the finish – a full 9-innings. The regularly scheduled game is set for 7:05pm ET but has been changed to a 7-inning contest. With it being a doubleheader or sorts, a 27th man is eligible for the game and the Reds chose for that to be Art Warren. He pitched in two games with Cincinnati last week, throwing 2.0 hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts. In Louisville he’s struggled. Sort of. His ERA is 8.53 and in 6.1 innings he’s allowed eight hits and two walks – one of which was intentional. But he’s also struck out 15 of the 29 batters he’s faced, making him perhaps the unluckiest pitcher alive as 75% of the base runners he’s allowed have come around to score despite him striking out 52% of the batters he has faced.
Getting back to Jeff Hoffman being placed on the injured list – it would seem at a minimum he will miss two starts. Wade Miley is eligible to return on Sunday. If he does then the Reds can simply keep Vladimir Gutierrez in the rotation to take over for Jeff Hoffman after he starts tomorrow against Chicago. But if Miley isn’t ready to return, then Cincinnati would need a starter to step into the rotation other than Gutierrez – at least for a short period of time.