The Cincinnati Reds have activated right-handed reliever Lucas Sims from the injured list. To create a spot on the 26-man roster the team placed fellow reliever Brad Brach on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement.

It’s been just over six weeks since Lucas Sims last pitched for the Cincinnati Reds. The righty had been dominating for the Reds after a tough start to the season. Beginning on May 25th he had run off 11 appearances where he had allowed just one earned run over 12.0 innings and struck out 18 batters. His ERA had dropped off more than two runs in that stretch. But on June 22nd he didn’t retire a batter against Minnesota and allowed three runs – including the first home run he’d given up in seven weeks. He went on the injured list the next day.

He went out on a rehab assignment in the final week of July and made five appearances with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, throwing 4.2 innings where he allowed two runs, walked three batters, and struck out four.

For Brad Brach, his season has been a tale of two halves. From May 21st through July 4th he posted a 2.25 ERA over his first 20 games of the season while striking out 24 and walking just nine. But in the last month he’s allowed 13 earned runs in 9.0 innings with as many walks as strikeouts. He’ll get some rest and some rehab to get healthy and hopefully be able to return to form later this season.

Tejay Antone makes his 1st rehab appearance

The Reds have been getting a little bit healthier of late and Tejay Antone made his first step on his rehab assignment last night for the Louisville Bats. Antone allowed two hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts in 0.2 innings while allowing a run. One hit was originally ruled an error, but properly corrected as an infield single after he had exited the game. I am not sure how accurate the radar readings were on the broadcast for the game, but Antone topped out at 99 MPH twice according to the readings on the screen.

10 Responses

  1. burtgummer01

    Oh joy another pitcher with a 5+ era

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    I think it is not bad idea to retain Brach and give him some time and after that he can pitch in AAA on rehab depending on his performance they can make a decision… Let’s see…

  3. Bet on Red

    Can bet money that he will only become uninjured if one of the other reds pitchers becomes injured again. REds lineup posted. Its the “we will beat them, but make it a challenge, lineup.”

  4. Steven Ross

    After the last night and let’s be honest, the past month, you knew something would happen with Brach. Surprised he wasn’t DFA.

  5. Melvin

    Well the injured list for Brach postpones at least one hard decision for now.

  6. ScreamingStrat

    I can’t figure this guy out. I watch him pitch and I’m impressed but he hasn’t been consistent at all during his career including his time with Atlanta or in the minors. Before he got hurt he had an 11 game stretch where he performed really well (12 IP 18k 4bb 0.75 era). I’m really pulling for him, hope he can find some consistency.

  7. Jim Walker

    I am neither an orthopedist nor athletic trainer (and did not spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express); but, I am guessing if asked, the Reds will say a shoulder impingement is something a guy can pitch through to a degree if he can handle the pain. 😉

    • Melvin

      It means someone pinched him on the shoulder last night. A common injury always resulting with an IL stint. 🙂

  8. Klugo

    Is this a bit of “roster manipulation”?If so, not bad.

  9. LDS

    This feels like a Milwaukee move. They should have just manned up and DFA’d him. They have better pitchers.