The Cincinnati Reds made five different roster moves this afternoon prior to the start of their 3-game series with the San Francisco Giants. The first set of moves was to call up Graham Ashcraft from Triple-A Louisville and transfer left-handed reliever Justin Wilson to the 60-day injured list. Ashcraft was not on the 40-man roster and a spot needed to be cleared in order to add him. His time with the team in Toronto was as a “substitute player” due to COVID-related issues for others on the roster and thus it was not mandatory for him to be on the 40-man roster at the time. That’s no longer the case and so he had to be added.
The team also activated left-handed reliever Ross Detwiler from the bereavement list. With the addition of Detwiler and Ashcraft to the active roster, the team optioned reliever Jared Solomon and Colin Moran to Triple-A Louisville.
Graham Ashcraft will get the ball tonight and make the start for the Reds. In his only start this season in the big leagues he threw 4.1 innings of 2-run baseball against the Blue Jays in Toronto. In seven starts in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats this year he had posted a 1.65 ERA in 32.2 innings with 30 strikeouts and a minor league best 71.4% ground ball rate.
Having options doesn’t work out for players sometimes. That might be the case for Jared Solomon, who had allowed two runs in his 4.2 innings (3.86 ERA) while striking out six batters since being called up. He’s heading back to Triple-A Louisville now despite having performed when called upon.
Colin Moran will be joining Solomon on the trip to Louisville. Unlike Solomon, Moran has struggled this season. The corner infielder is hitting just .202/.284/.351 this season through 34 games.
Justin Wilson last pitched for the Reds on April 23rd. The left had thrown just 3.2 innings on the season, pitching in five games and allowing just one earned run while striking out seven batters without a walk. He won’t be eligible to return until June 23rd – though he can go on a rehab assignment earlier than that in preparation to return on that date.