The Cincinnati Reds have designated reliever Brad Brach for assignment and activated infielder Kyle Farmer from the paternity list.
Brad Brach just returned from the injured list a week ago. Things hadn’t gone well for him prior to landing on the injured list, and they didn’t go any better for him once he returned.
From May 21st, when he made his Reds debut, through July 4th, Brad Brach was quite good for the Cincinnati bullpen. He pitched in 20 games in that stretch and threw exactly 20.0 innings. His ERA in that time frame was just 2.23 as he allowed 13 hits, 1 home runs, walked 9, and he struck out 24.
Things went south from there very quickly. Over his next 13 games he pitched in 9.0 innings, allowed 13 earned runs (and was charged with 3 more unearned runs), allowed 13 hits, walked 8 batters, and he struck out just 8 batters. The 35-year-old righty hit the injured list after the final appearance in that stretch on August 7th. When he returned last week he pitched in two games – giving up a run in an inning of work on the 5th of September and then in what would turn out to be his last outing, he gave up 2 earned (and 1 unearned) without recording an out in Chicago.
Even with his strong start, the Reds let him pitch poorly for so long that he’s currently sitting with a 6.30 ERA in 30.0 innings on the year. His final 15 appearances saw him post an ERA of 14.40. Incredible stubbornness from a team in a playoff race.
As for Kyle Farmer, he is back and his family is just a tiny bit larger than it was when he left. Jim Day provided an update over the weekend that his wife and the baby were both healthy and doing fine – which is, of course, the absolute best of news.
The Reds will be glad to have Farmer back. While there is certainly some heated debate among many as to whether Farmer should be the starting shortstop or not, with Jose Barrero only available off of the bench on Sunday after a collision with outfielder Tyler Naquin on Saturday, it showed just how limited the team is on shortstops without him as the team had basically no choice but to play Eugenio Suárez there against the Cardinals.