The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly calling up left-handed reliever Phillip Diehl from Triple-A Louisville. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was the first to report the news.
Phillip Diehl is not currently on the 40-man roster, but Cincinnati won’t need to create a spot for him by designating anyone for assignment. When JT Riddle was designated for assignment earlier this week it left the Reds with 39 players on the 40-man roster. That does not mean that someone won’t be designated for assignment, though. If Diehl takes the spot on the roster of someone without options, that player would need to be designated for assignment.
There should be no issue with Diehl arriving in time for tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres. While the Louisville Bats are on a current road trip, they are playing in Columbus, Ohio. That’s a short drive to Cincinnati.
The lefty has limited action in the big leagues and it all came with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 and 2020 when he posted an 8.78 ERA in 13.1 innings, allowed 17 hits, 3 home runs, walked 3, and struck out 12 of the 60 batters he faced.
Cincinnati picked Phillip Diehl on waivers last April. Three weeks later the designated him for assignment and he cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Louisville. Since joining the Reds he’s only pitched in Triple-A, but he’s been very good in that time. Diehl has thrown 62.2 innings, allowed just 44 hits, 10 home runs, walked 13 batters, struck out 82, and posted an ERA of 2.73.
In an age of velocity, Phillip Diehl isn’t going to stand out. Well, he actually might, because he is a guy who doesn’t throw hard. His fastball works in the 89-90 MPH range on most nights. Even from the left side that’s considered to be below-average these days. Of course there’s more to a fastball than just velocity. Diehl pounds the strikezone with the pitch, as well as his breaking ball.
The Cincinnati Reds have made the move official. And with that they’ve also announced that they have placed left-handed reliever Justin Wilson on the 10-day injured list with elbow soreness. That move is retroactive to Sunday.