The Cincinnati Reds activated Mike Minor from the injured list today and optioned outfielder TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville.
The news that Mike Minor was activated this afternoon comes as a surprise to no one. After completing his rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats last Friday (6IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K) the Reds announced that his next start would be with Cincinnati and he’s been listed as tonight’s probable starting pitcher for several days now. The lefty will be looking to rebound from the last two seasons where he posted an ERA of 5.18 while pitching for the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Kansas City Royals.
As for TJ Friedl, he’s back on the shuttle to Louisville (or perhaps Gwinnett since that is where the Bats are currently playing). The outfielder has been up-and-down a few times with Cincinnati this season, playing in 20 games for the Reds in 2022. He’s struggled at the plate, hitting .179/.237/.254 in a part-time role.
Justin Wilson undergoes Tommy John surgery
The Reds announced on Friday afternoon that left-handed reliever Justin Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery (first reported by Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer). That means he will miss the rest of the 2022 season (and at least part of the 2023 season).
Wilson last pitched on April 23rd against the St. Louis Cardinals. He made five appearances in the first three weeks of the season and allowed just one run in his 3.2 innings while walking no one and striking out seven batters. He had a 2.45 ERA when he went on the injured list.