It’s been a busy weekend for the Cincinnati Reds. On Saturday they made 14 different roster moves, including making the Tommy Pham signing official (see what he had to say about why he signed with the Reds here) as well as placing Tejay Antone on the 60-day injured list. 12 players were also sent to the minors. On Sunday afternoon prior to the game the Colorado Rockies the team made three more cuts. Right-handed pitcher Riley O’Brien was optioned to Triple-A Louisville, while right-handed pitcher Kyle Dowdy and infielder Cristian Santana were both re-assinged to the minors. That leaves 46 players in camp (not including Tejay Antone).

Kyle Dowdy was pitching for a spot in the bullpen. He had made three appearances and allowed two earned runs in 5.0 innings while allowing eight hits – two homers – and striking out five batters. Riley O’Brien was potentially pitching for one of the spots in the rotation, but he only threw 2.0 innings in his two appearances. He allowed a run on a hit and a walk to go with three strikeouts.

Cristian Santana did well in his limited opportunities. The corner infielder went 4-9 (.444) with one walk and one strikeout. But he probably didn’t really have a spot to win on the roster without more trades or injuries opening up a place on the infield.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers

The Reds Game Notes for Sunday had an update to the probable pitchers this week.

  • Tyler Mahle – Monday
  • Reiver Sanmartin – Tuesday
  • Vladimir Gutierrez – Wednesday
  • Hunter Greene – Thursday

There’s some interesting stuff in there, too. Tony Santillan will pitch on Monday at some point after Tyler Mahle. Nick Lodolo will pitch on Tuesday at some point after Reiver Sanmartin. Notably missing is Graham Ashcraft, who is still in big league camp, but last pitched on March 21st when he threw 3.0 innings against the Chicago Cubs.

Cincinnati has a week-and-a-half to figure out who is going to fill out their rotation behind Tyler Mahle and Vladimir Gutierrez. While the hope is that both Luis Castillo and Mike Minor only miss the first start of the season, you never know how these things will turn out.

6 Responses

  1. JayTheRed

    I don’t think Ashcraft has much of a chance to make it ahead of guys who already have been at the MLB level. I think several of the pitchers listed in the article are just ahead of him in opportunity.
    I think Santillan is probably going to be backing up the starting pitchers in the early part of the season along with Hoffman.

  2. DaveCT

    No Luis Cessa sightings? Brantley and Larkin were both pushing him as a prospective starter this year.

    • Doug Gray

      He’s scheduled to pitch today.

  3. CFD3000

    I think the Reds need to be careful not to forget Ashcraft while prepping Lodolo and Greene to be future stars. Ashcraft and Santillan are still fairly high ceiling guys, and relegating either one to the bullpen or AAAA status would be a huge missed opportunity. The Reds are going to need these guys if (when) injuries strike, or when young pitchers falter. Please keep preparing them to be major league starters.

  4. doofus

    Unrelated question: Why do the umpires inspect pitchers for foreign substance AFTER they have pitched. Why not inspect them BEFORE they take the mound, to prevent any fraudulent activity?

    I am constantly shaking my head at the machinations that emanate from the lawyers in MLB headquarters. I thought these paragons of the legal profession were schooled to make decisions based upon sound, logical reasoning?