The Cincinnati Reds made three roster moves earlier today, and it didn’t take them very long to add to it. Just after 1pm the Reds announced that they had placed starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft on the 15-day injured list and had called up right-handed reliever Ricky Karcher from Triple-A Louisville.
Starting with Graham Ashcraft, this move is related to his being struck by a comebacker in yesterday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After initially remaining in the game, he exited in the 3rd inning and limped off of the field under his own power.
Cincinnati had been in a 6-man roster in the short term as they brought up Andrew Abbott. The left-handed starter filled in on Monday for Hunter Greene, who is dealing with hip tightness and was pushed to Sunday. With Ashcraft heading to the injured list for at least the next two weeks, the Reds are back to a 5-man rotation.
For now, Ricky Karcher will be joining the Reds bullpen. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Karcher has really good stuff. But he also struggles to throw it anywhere near the plate with any sort of consistency. This season with Louisville he’s walked 34 batters and given up 23 earned runs in 22.1 innings. That’s a 9.27 ERA for those of you that couldn’t do the math in your head.
Things have been a bit better of late for Ricky Karcher, but that’s simply a matter of comparison to just how bad things were to begin the season. From May 5th through May 30th, Karcher threw 14 innings and didn’t allow a run. He walked 10 batters in 14.0 innings, though. That’s a big improvement from where things had been on the control front, but it’s still bottom of the line control. In his last two outings he’s allowed five runs in 1.0 combined inning and walked three batters with three strikeouts.
Combined with the call up of Joel Kuhnel earlier today and the Reds bullpen just added two pitchers who have combined to throw 46.1 innings in Triple-A this season and given up 42 earned runs. One pitcher hasn’t missed any bats and the other one has walked 1.5 batters per inning he’s pitched.