The Cincinnati Reds have officially called up left-handed pitcher Reiver Sanmartin from Triple-A Louisville. To create a spot on the 40-man roster the Reds designated catcher Beau Taylor for assignment. Pitcher Luis Castillo has been placed on the family medical emergency list, which creates an open spot on the 28-man active roster. Hopefully everything is ok for Castillo’s family.
We knew that Reiver Sanmartin was going to be called up today. The team announced over the weekend that he would be the starting pitcher for today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. We wrote about him with more detail here if you wanted to get a preview of what you may see this afternoon at Great American Ball Park in Sanmartin’s Major League debut. Sanmartin was likely going to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, now he’ll just get a head start, earn some extra money, and earn some additional service time.
Beau Taylor was the 4th or 5th catcher on the depth chart at times this season. He had spent the entire year in Triple-A Louisville. The 31-year-old had seen limited action in the big leagues with Oakland, Toronto, and Cleveland over the previous three seasons in the big leagues, racking up 25 games and 60 plate appearances while hitting just .118/.237/.255. This season with Louisville he placed in 75 games and hit .232/.339/.333 while splitting action with several other players throughout the year. Last week when the Reds needed a catcher to fill in for Tyler Stephenson they opted to bring up Mark Kolozsvary, who was not on the 40-man roster at the time. The writing seemed to be on the wall at that point for Taylor as far as his future with the organization went. Today seemed to make the ending nearly official.