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.

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  1. CFD3000

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an RLN thread go so long without comments, so I’ll take advantage of this opportunity to say thank you.
    I left a longer, more detailed post on the last White Sox wrap up but the gist of it was: Thank you Doug! You bust it every day, put up with ridiculous comments and inattentive readers, not to mention the anguish that flows from the front office and the field. And still you do a great job of making Redleg Nation a civil, reasoned, reliable home for Reds fanatics like me.

    Between Votto and Winker and India and Castellanos and Naquin and more wins than losses it has still been a really fun season. And my Reds experience is richer because of RLN and you. So THANK YOU for everything you do for us ungrateful wretches. You’re a first ballot Internet star in my book. Thank you Doug!

    • Tomn

      + 1000

      It’s enjoyable reading the game summaries and the comments. Very much appreciate all the hard work that Doug and others put into this site and the stories.

      Thank you.