The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves this afternoon, starting with activating infielder Mike Moustakas from the injured list. His stay there was short lived, missing just yesterday’s game against Milwaukee. Moustakas, who started out the season by hitting just .129/.125/.129 through the first nine games of the season before missing 10 days on the injured list, hit .344/.462/.531 with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts in the 10 games since. To make room for Moustakas on the roster the team sent outfielder Ronnie Dawson back to Triple-A Louisville. Dawson had only been up for the one day while Moustakas was out and he did not get into last night’s win over the Brewers.
The Reds have also announced that left-handed starter Mike Minor would head out on a rehab assignment today and pitch for the Louisville Bats in Triple-A. Minor made a rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga a month ago and allowed six earned runs in just 1.2 innings. Following the outing he experienced soreness in his shoulder and was shut down. Now the lefty is ready to give it a go once again and he’ll take the mound tonight in Louisville against the Toledo Mud Hens at 6:35pm ET.
Minor, who has struggled over the last two seasons while throwing 215.1 innings between stints with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Kansas City Royals. After posting a 3.59 ERA in 208.1 innings in 2019 and making the American League All-Star team, Minor has a 5.18 ERA since. If things go well for Minor tonight, he’ll make another start for Louisville on Sunday. Tonight’s start he’s expected to have a pitch count between 45 and 50 pitches and that will be bumped up to 60-65 pitches on Sunday.
Pitcher Robert Dugger, who pitched on Saturday, has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Sunday. In his lone outing with the Reds came out of the bullpen and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five batters in 3.0 innings.