The Cincinnati Reds have activated right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the injured list. To create room on the 28-man roster the team also optioned infielder Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville.
The 35-year-old Brach last pitched on August 7th when he allowed two earned runs in 0.2 innings against Pittsburgh. Earlier this week he went on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Louisville. He pitched in two games for the Bats, throwing a shutout inning in each appearance. He gave up one hit, walked no one, and he struck out three batters between his two games.
The season began very well for Brad Brach with the Cincinnati Reds. He made his first appearance with the big league club on May 21st and over the next 20 games he posted a 2.25 ERA in 20.0 innings with 9 walks and 24 strikeouts. Things fell apart from there, though. Beginning on July 6th and stretching over the next month until he hit the injured list he made 13 appearances and posted an ERA of 13.00 as he allowed 13 hits and had 8 walks to go with 8 strikeouts in 9.0 innings pitched. Over that stretch of 13 games opposing batters hit .342/.458/.711 against him.
Alejo Lopez has been with the Reds since the start of September. He was recalled from Triple-A Louisville when rosters expanded. He played in both games of the doubleheader on the 1st, going 0-3 with two strikeouts on the day. He would also get an at-bat on Friday in the 15-5 blowout loss to the Tigers where he flied out to left field. Lopez went 4-5 earlier this year on July 1st in a start against the Padres. It was only one of three starts he’s gotten out of his 14 games played. He’s gone 2-18 in his other appearances with the Reds this year and 1-14 since that game on July 1st. For now he’ll head back to Triple-A Louisville and join the Bats.