The Cincinnati Reds have placed starting pitcher Tyler Mahle on the 15-day injured list with a strained shoulder. That move is retroactive to Sunday. It would make the earliest return date July 18th, but that’s the start of the All-Star break. The quickest he will return would be on July 22nd. Taking his place on the roster, at least for now, is reliever Ian Gibaut. He joined the organization yesterday when he was claimed on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chris Okey cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
Tyler Mahle was scheduled to start on Thursday for the Cincinnati Reds in one of the two games of their doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That obviously is not going to happen now. Who will replace him for that game is not yet known, but with the return of Nick Lodolo to the rotation yesterday, the team should only need a spot starter for tomorrow before they can return to a 5-man rotation without Mahle while he recovers from his injury.
Ian Gibaut is coming up. He should be fresh and ready to go, having pitched just one time since May 25th (and that came on May 27th). He’s mostly a 1-inning pitcher, though, with only a few outings going beyond three outs and none this year have gone beyond six outs.
Chris Okey was designated for assignment and cleared waivers. He’ll head to Louisville to re-join the Bats as he didn’t have the option to refuse the assignment (if he is outrighted again in the future he will have the right to refuse and become a free agent if he would like to take that option).
What Cincinnati will do for one of the starters tomorrow is a big question. The only pitcher on the 40-man roster that’s in the minor leagues right now is Jared Solomon and he’s a reliever. Going with a “bullpen day” may make sense in some circumstances, but not on a day when you have a doubleheader.