The Cincinnati Reds announced that right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo has been activated from the Family Medical Emergency list today. With Castillo back on the active 28-man roster, the team needed to clear a spot and that came at the expense of Riley O’Brien, who was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds have had Luis Castillo listed as their probable starter for Friday’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but now that seems to be full-go with Castillo back on the active roster. As we wrote earlier today, a bunch of strikeouts from the right-handed starter, or a strong outing could get him to one or two “round” statistical end points on the year.
Riley O’Brien struggled in his big league debut earlier this week. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed two runs – both on solo homers – in 1.1 innings while walking three batters. With an injury to Wade Miley last week and with Castillo going on the Family Medical Emergency list, Cincinnati needed someone who could potentially throw some innings in what essentially amounted to an emergency spot start. With the game being a true must-win, manager David Bell couldn’t wait around to see if he could turn things around in the game and had a quick hook on the rookie against the White Sox.