The All-Star break isn’t over for two more days, but the Cincinnati Reds have set their rotation out of the break for their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported earlier today that the Reds will go with Graham Ashcraft on Friday, Mike Minor on Saturday, and then hand the ball over to Tyler Mahle on Sunday.
The Reds played the Cardinals right before the break, losing both games of the series (the game on Sunday was postponed). Cincinnati won’t be sending the two starters from that series, Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene, back out to face St. Louis for a second start in a row. Instead they’ll try to play things a little different and not have the same pitchers fresh in the minds of the Cardinals hitters.
Notably missing here, though, is Luis Castillo. He pitched in the All-Star game last night, firing a shutout inning with two strikeouts. But with all of the off days he could have pitch in the series if they wanted, but they are choosing not to. Castillo, of course, is one of a few players that Cincinnati is expected to field tons of phone calls about as the trade deadline approaches (August 2nd). The same can be said for starter Tyler Mahle, and infielder Brandon Drury.
The other news on the day is that the team activated reliever Dauri Moreta from the injured list and sent Ryan Hendrix back to Triple-A. Moreta was on the COVID injury list and Hendrix was called up to take his place as a replacement player who was not on the 40-man roster.