The Cincinnati Reds bullpen blew yet another game last night, this time giving up a run in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings in Chicago as the Cubs walked-off with a win over the second place Reds. The bullpen has been struggling with injuries on top of lackluster performance for much of the season, but today may be a step closer to improvement as the team is sending right-hander Lucas Sims out to join Triple-A Louisville on a rehab assignment.
Sims hasn’t pitched since June 22nd in Minnesota when he allowed three runs without recording an out against the Twins in a Reds 10-7 victory. Later in the week it was announced he had a sprained pitching elbow and would be placed on the injured list. Reports initially were that he’s miss about a month and that things looked better than they could have otherwise been. We’re now at that point where Sims is ready to get back on the mound in games and give it a go, so he’ll head to Iowa where the Triple-A Bats are playing – ironically enough, the Iowa Cubs.
Prior to the injury things had been trending in the right direction for Lucas Sims. Over his 16 games from May 5th through June 21st he had thrown 18.2 innings with a 2.41 ERA, walking eight batters and striking out 29. His ERA had dipped down to 4.08 on the season before his outing in Minnesota bumped it up nearly a full run to 5.02.
Michael Feliz to rehab with Dayton
Reliever Michael Feliz is now on his second rehab assignment. Early in July he was in Louisville and working his way back, but he had a little bit of a set back and was brought back from his assignment. He’s back on assignment again, but he’s on the move. Initially pitching in Triple-A – he made an appearance on Saturday night where he tossed a shutout inning with two strikeouts – he’s been transferred to High-A Dayton to continue his rehab assignment. The Dragons are at home this week.
Feliz, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates after five weeks despite a 2.35 ERA had struggled since being picked up by the Reds. In nine games and just 6.2 innings he had allowed 12 earned runs (16.20 ERA).