The Cincinnati Reds had a plethora of roster moves two hours prior to the start of this afternoon’s game against the San Diego Padres. The team has activated right-handed reliever Derek Law and called up outfielder Stuart Fairchild from Triple-A. To make room on the big league roster for them they optioned reliever Eduardo Salazar to Triple-A and the team designated right-handed pitcher Alec Mills for assignment.
Derek Law has missed the last six week with a flexor mass strain in his pitching arm. He has been on a rehab assignment for a little over a week. He made one appearance with the High-A Dayton Dragons before moving up to Triple-A where he made two appearances out of the Louisville Bats bullpen. He threw a shutout inning in each of his three outings – all of which included at least one strikeout and no walks. When Law was placed on the injured list in the middle of May he had a 2.57 ERA for the Reds in 21.0 innings.
Stuart Fairchild is back with the big league club after spending a week in Triple-A with Louisville. In the five games he played with the Bats he ran off a 5-game hitting streak that included three home runs. The rest of his 2023 season was spent with Cincinnati. Often used against left-handed pitchers, Fairchild was hitting .237/.331/.404 in 64 games for the Reds before he was optioned to the minor leagues in late May.
Eduardo Salazar pitched two innings yesterday against the Padres, giving up two runs along the way. He, like several other relievers, is back-and-forth on the Triple-A to MLB to Triple-A shuttle. Having just pitched multiple innings and likely unavailable for a few days, he gets jettisoned back to Louisville for the time being.
Alec Mills also pitched for the Reds in yesterday’s game. He gave up two earned runs and was charged with three unearned runs in his inning of work. It was his first big league appearance in 364 days. After having back surgery last season he had worked his way back and signed with the Reds in the middle of May and pitched in the minor leagues for them for a few weeks before his call up. Out of options, Mills had to be designated for assignment.