The Cincinnati Reds have made several roster moves today. They placed starting pitcher Justin Dunn on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder tightness. They also designated right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell for assignment. Taking their place on the active roster are Raynel Espinal and Dauri Moreta – both of whom were called up from Triple-A Louisville.

Starting with Justin Dunn, it’s never good to see anyone hit the injured list with shoulder tightness. It’s even less than ideal to see a pitcher who missed more than a year with a shoulder injury like Dunn just did be placed on the injured list with shoulder tightness. Dunn was sick in his most recent start and had to leave earlier than he had hoped because of it, and now it seems his shoulder is acting up again (he noted that it tightened up a little bit on him several starts ago).

Luke Farrell’s return tour with Cincinnati didn’t last very long as he pitched in just two games this time around before the Reds designated him for assignment. He didn’t make it a week after being claimed on waivers from the Cubs before he was put back on waivers by the Reds. His first outing was solid as he allowed a run in 3.0 innings, but his second outing saw him allowed four runs in an inning against Pittsburgh last night.

Coming back up is Dauri Moreta. After a disastrous start to the season and a demotion back to Triple-A on May 11th, Moreta has been back-and-forth between Louisville and Cincinnati and has performed well. He’s appeared in 17 games since then for the Reds and posted a 2.70 ERA in 20.0 innings with just two home runs allowed.

Moreta will be joined by Raynel Espinal. The 30-year-old will be looking to make his third big league appearance. In 2021 he made one appearance with the Boston Red Sox, and then two days ago he was the “extra” man in the Cincinnati Reds doubleheader and pitched 2.1 innings against the Pirates while giving up one run and striking out two batters.

15 Responses

  1. LDS

    Being a minor league player is tough. Wasn’t Espinal just sent down yesterday? And likely will be sent down tomorrow or the day after when Greene is called up? And Dunn just came off the unspecified IL a day or so ago. The Reds really have that revolving door thing down pat.

  2. Doc

    At least with some players (Farrell) the Reds have been admitting much more quickly when they made a mistake. Unfortunately, with others (Anderson) they haven’t.

    • Jim Walker

      I suspect the Reds knew a number of these current pitchers were “mistakes” but to paraphrase what else they are going to do (when they need arms to get through the schedule.)

    • Rcsodak

      A AAA reliever made a starting pitcher. You expected more?
      Oh. And he won.

  3. TR

    I’m definitely in get through the schedule mode and look forward to the off season mode with something positive happening at the top of the Red’s management pyramid.

  4. DaveCT

    Filling out this pitching staff is like trying to find dishwashers and wait staff after Labor Day.

  5. Steven Ross

    Luke! Come back Luke! We hardly knew you.

    Moreta and Espinal! Woot-woot. Print those Playoff ducats now!

  6. Bill

    The Reds did so well trading for Dilson Herrera with a shoulder injury they just had to try it again with Dunn

    • David

      Well, that sounds a little like sarcasm, right there. 🙂

      In fairness, Dunn has shown some improvement since he started pitching, and then regressed. With physical therapy and the right kind of excercises, he might be in good shape by Spring training. ……. or not.

      Seems like a good guy. I hope he recovers.