The Cincinnati Reds made a set of three roster moves today prior to the start of their weekend series in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Outfielder Wil Myers is heading to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats, who are currently in Columbus. He’ll join Joey Votto, Henry Ramos, and Casey Legumina as rehabbers on the current Bats roster. Cincinnati also optioned right-handed reliever Eduardo Salazar to Triple-A and called up right-handed reliever Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A.
Wil Myers initially went on the injured list while dealing with kidney stones, but it was also later revealed that his shoulder had been bothering him a little bit as well. He had been struggling at the plate this season, hitting just .189/.257/.283 through his 37 games played this year. Last season he also got out to a slow start in San Diego before winding up on the injured list. Once he was healthy and returned he hit .285/.349/.482 for the Padres. Hopefully he can repeat that this season.
Eduardo Salazar may be the victim of simply having options available and not being available to pitch tonight. The right-handed reliever threw 2.0 shutout innings on Thursday against the Dodgers and with Graham Ashcraft having to exit the game early after being hit by a comebacker, the Reds bullpen needs guys who can pitch tonight and tomorrow. Salazar, thanks to his performance in the previous game, probably won’t be able to do that and now he gets to head to Triple-A because of it.
Taking his place on the roster is Joel Kuhnel. His first outing of 2023 came with the Cincinnati Reds and it didn’t go well as he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in 2.0 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A after that and it’s where he’s been since. Things haven’t exactly gone well with Louisville as he’s posted a 7.13 ERA while allowing 31 hits in 24.0 innings, walked 11 batters, and struck out just 15. Over his last seven outings he’s posted an ERA of 4.50 with four walks and seven strikeouts.