The Cincinnati Reds made a few roster moves this afternoon. The team activated right-handed reliever Tony Santillan from the injured list, optioned right-handed pitcher Brett Kennedy to Triple-A, and designated right-handed reliever Ricky Karcher for assignment.
Starting with Tony Santillan, he hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in nearly 13 months. He suffered a back injury last June and missed the rest of the season due to it. It also put him behind schedule to begin spring training on time. On his way back this spring he also suffered with both a knee and a hamstring issue. After being called back from an initial rehab stint in Triple-A back in April, Santillan went back to Louisville in the middle of June to start another one. He completed it this time, pitching in seven games for the Bats.
Santillan had been on the 60-day injured list, so his activation required a spot being opened up on both the 26-man roster and the 40-man roster. On the big league roster it meant that Cincinnati was sending Brett Kennedy back to the minor leagues after pitching in his first big league game in over five years as he made a spot start earlier this week. It would appear that Ben Lively will be activated to pitch this weekend to fill the spot in the rotation he had prior to his injury.
On the 40-man roster a spot was cleared for Santillan when the Reds designated reliever Ricky Karcher for assignment. Karcher, famous in some circles for his post-game interview in his big league debut where he picked up a save in extra innings after struggling to throw strikes but got the job done. After that game he was sent back to the minor leagues. In his seven games back with Louisville he had allowed just two runs in 9.0 innings, but he also had 10 walks with five strikeouts. For the season with Louisville he has 44 walks and 36 strikeouts in 31.1 innings with a 7.18 ERA. If he clears waivers he would have to accept an outright assignment since this is the first time he’s been designated in his career.