The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that they had optioned Tony Santillan to Triple-A Louisville and recalled right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau from Triple-A Louisville.
After pitching last night, Tony Santillan would not have been available to pitch for several days. Even if the team wanted to put him in the bullpen to see if he could help out a struggling relief crew, the bullpen would have been short-handed after seven different relievers were used last night against San Diego. Calling up Ashton Goudeau gives the Reds a fresh arm to go to if needed.
The results were a bit mixed for Tony Santillan in his four starts. Overall he posted a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings where he allowed 18 hits and 10 walks, hitting another three batters, and picking up 20 strikeouts. He limited the runs scored while he was on the mound. But he also made two starts where he didn’t pitch into the 4th inning and another one where he didn’t get out of the 5th. Santillan worked out of plenty of trouble, as seen by his ERA compared to his 1.68 WHIP.
As for Ashton Goudeau, it’s possible that his time could be limited in this go-around with the Reds bullpen. He’s thrown 9.0 innings with a 4.00 ERA, but with nine walks and just five strikeouts. Sonny Gray returns to the team on Friday and Cincinnati will need to make a roster move to get him back onto the 26-man roster. Who knows what will happen between now and then, but it seems likely that if everyone remains healthy that Goudeau is in Cincinnati for a few days as a guy who can pitch if needed until Gray returns.
The team will have another roster move to make here soon, too. Jeff Hoffman will make one more rehab start with the Louisville Bats this weekend before returning to Cincinnati. He’s been pitching in Louisville as a starter, but his role when he returns hasn’t been stated by the Reds.