For the second day in a row the Cincinnati Reds have designated a player a day after calling him up and having him make his Major League Baseball debut. Cincinnati announced that they have designated right-handed reliever Jake Wong and called up right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from Triple-A.
Cincinnati signed Alec Mills in the middle of May to a minor league contract. He wouldn’t take the mound for three weeks before showing up in Arizona with the complex league team on June 8th. Mills would pitch in two games there, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings before he would join the Louisville Bats on June 18th. The 31-year-old then pitched in two games for the Bats. His first outing was a struggle as he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 2.0 innings. On June 23rd he made his second appearance, starting the game and throwing 4.0 innings of 1-hit baseball that included a walk. He gave up no runs and struck out no one.
Now he’s back in the big leagues for the first time in nearly a year. His last outing came on July 2nd of 2022 with the Chicago Cubs. He was placed on the injured list following that outing and would miss the rest of the season. In September he underwent surgery to have a part of a disc removed.
Mills was not on the Reds 40-man roster. That meant the team needed to clear a spot and that spot came at the expense of Jake Wong. Like Randy Wynne the day before, Wong made his big league debut on the day in which he was called up and then designated for assignment the day after. Wong threw 3.0 innings against Baltimore last night after the rain delay ended, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks.