The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have placed left-handed pitcher Wade Miley on the injured list retroactively to Wednesday with a neck strain. Taking his place on the roster for now will be left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez.
It’s been a tough stretch for Wade Miley of late. In September his ERA is 8.35 and he’s managed to throw just 18.1 innings in four starts. He’s given up 36 hits – seven of which have been home runs – during that stretch while opposing hitters have a .429/.449/.738 line against him. That’s ballooned his ERA on the season up to 3.37 through 28 starts.
The Reds have called up lefty Cionel Pérez from Triple-A Louisville to take his place on the roster. He has pitched 23 games this season with the Reds and posted a 6.95 ERA in 22.0 innings. Pérez has walked 20 batters with 22 strikeouts in that span. He has been in Triple-A since July 21st. That was not a good day as he allowed three earned runs in 0.1 innings against Memphis. He has pitched better since then, posting a 3.06 ERA in 18 games since then with the Bats while in Louisville with 7 walks and 24 strikeouts in 17.2 innings and just one home run allowed.
Cincinnati had planned on Wade Miley starting on Monday against Pittsburgh. That is now off of the table. The Reds will need to figure something out for that day. It’s possible that they could call up a starter from Louisville to make that start for them. Or they could go to a “bullpen day” and just have a bunch of relievers throw an inning or two and hope for the best. Riley O’Brien is the only starting pitcher on the 40-man roster that is currently in the minor leagues. He last pitched on Thursday, so if he were to come in and pitch for the Reds on Monday it would be on short rest.