The Cincinnati Reds made three roster moves today prior to their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jeff Hoffman, who pitched in last night’s game, was placed on the 15-day injured list with right forearm stiffness. Taking his place on the roster is Tyler Mahle, who will be making the start this afternoon. Justin Dunn was also activated from the injured list and then optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted after the roster moves were announced that Jeff Hoffman said that the tightness is in the middle of his forearm and not his elbow, and that the team is hopeful he can return in 15 days. He had been one of the more reliable pitchers out of the Cincinnati bullpen, posting a 3.83 ERA in 44.2 innings this season. He has had struggles in two of his last three games, though, giving up three runs in 0.2 innings to the Yankees on the 14th and then two runs in an inning against the Cardinals on the 16th, causing his ERA to jump nearly a full point on the season.
Justin Dunn was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in The Trade this spring. He hadn’t pitched in nearly a year before beginning his rehab assignment in the minor leagues 27 days ago. His first appearance came with High-A Dayton where he allowed a run in 2.0 innings. He then moved to Triple-A Louisville where he made five more rehab starts. After a perfect 3.0 innings in his first start with Louisville he allowed nine earned runs on 15 hits and seven walks in the next three starts that covered 10.2 innings. Last night was his final start with the Bats on rehab and he allowed two earned runs in 4.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He now heads to Triple-A officially, though if a starting pitcher or two does get traded in the next week-and-a-half he could be back with Cincinnati rather quickly.