The Cincinnati Reds have moved right-handed reliever Derek Law’s rehab up a few levels today. Law had been with the High-A Dayton Dragons on his rehab assignment, but today he’s joining the Triple-A Louisville Bats to continue toward his return from a flexor mass strain.
Over the first six weeks of the season, Derek Law was a strong part of the Reds bullpen. He pitched in 20 games through the middle of May and had an ERA of 2.57 through his 21.0 innings pitched. But then his elbow began barking at him and the team placed him on the injured list. Law missed the next five weeks before heading to Dayton to begin his rehab assignment. On Sunday he threw a perfect inning for the Dragons with a strikeout, needing 14 pitches to complete the inning. Now he’s moving up to Triple-A where he gets to pitch against more advanced hitters and deal with the automated strikezone/challenge system.
That was not the only roster move that was made today by the club. This past week the team has designated multiple players for assignment as they have shuffled relievers back-and-forth to Triple-A in an effort to have fresh arms available with the rotation having some real struggles to get through innings. Two of those players who were designated for assignment – Silvino Bracho and Randy Wynne – cleared waivers today and were outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
For Silvino Bracho, he does have the right to refuse the assignment as a player who has been outrighted before this. Update: He has accepted his outright to Triple-A and will remain in the organization.
In somewhat related news, the Reds have promoted two starting pitchers up to Triple-A to begin the second half. Connor Phillips (read about him here) and Christian Roa (read about his promotion here) will be joining the Bats after helping lead Double-A Chattanooga to a first half championship and playoff birth. If the club can’t start getting better starting pitching from their current rotation, and isn’t going to be willing to pay the asking price on the market, these could potentially be the next options for Cincinnati.