The Cincinnati Reds have recalled right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan from Triple-A Louisville. He will be taking the place on the roster of Heath Hembree who has been designated for assignment. The team also announced that reliever R.J. Alaniz was activated from the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Heath Hembree had a good start to his Cincinnati Reds career. In his first nine games he was charged with one unearned run and allowed just one hit in 9.2 innings while walking two batters and striking out 11. Over the next 36 games he posted an ERA of 8.27 while walking 17 batters and giving up 10 home runs in 32.2 innings pitched. Last night seemed to be the final straw for the Reds after he allowed five earned runs while recording just two outs in a game that had been 12-0 when he entered the ballgame.
Tony Santillan hasn’t spent much time in his career as a reliever. It wasn’t until after he made four straight starts for Cincinnati in June did he get moved into the bullpen with the idea that it was possible he could help out a struggling relief corp. Over two weeks in July he made six appearances in the Reds bullpen where he allowed four runs in 6.2 innings with a walk and 10 strikeouts. He was optioned back to Triple-A where he’s been for all of August. He’s made six appearances out of the Louisville bullpen and allowed a hit, no runs, walked three, and struck out four in 4.2 innings.
For R.J. Alaniz, he’s been on the injured list with a calf strain since July 24th. Last week he went on a rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats. He pitched in two games for Louisville, throwing a shutout inning with a strikeout in each appearance. Now he gets to remain with the Bats after being activated by the Reds an optioned to the minors.