The Cincinnati Reds have made a pair of roster moves today prior to their series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Right-handed relief pitcher Dauri Moreta has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville and outfielder TJ Friedl is heading back to Triple-A to rejoin the Bats.
This move means that another roster move will have to take place tomorrow. For now the Cincinnati Reds have 14 pitchers and 12 position players on the roster. Starting tomorrow teams in Major League Baseball have to have 13 or fewer pitchers on their roster.
Dauri Moreta made the team out of spring training this year and he had a solid start to the season, having allowed just three runs over his first eight outing (3.24 ERA), but things fell apart after that. Over the next two weeks he gave up seven earned runs in just 5.1 innings. The final blow came on May 11th when he allowed five runs without recording an out as his ERA ballooned to 9.88 on the season. He was then optioned to the minors and joined the Bats. Moreta has pitched better in Louisville, but he’s had some hiccups along the way, too, posting a 4.05 ERA in 13.1 innings with eight walks and 14 strikeouts. In his last outing on June 16th he allowed two runs on a home run in an inning of work.
For TJ Friedl it’s just another back-and-forth for him. The outfielder began the year in Louisville and has been optioned back and forth several times this season. He’s spent most of the last two weeks with Cincinnati, playing in nine games – starting in five of them. Friedl has hit .261 in that stretch, adding in a double, triple, three runs, three RBI, and a stolen base.
With Friedl heading back to Triple-A, the Reds outfield consists of Nick Senzel, Tommy Pham, and Albert Almora Jr. Both Matt Reynolds and Max Schrock have played some outfield, but they are primarily infielders.