The Cincinnati Reds have made a roster move for today’s doubleheader in Pittsburgh, calling up right-handed reliever Daniel Duarte as the 27th player on the roster that’s allowed during doubleheaders. The team has also sent right-handed starting pitcher Ben Lively to Triple-A Louisville where he will begin a rehab assignment.
Duarte has been up and down a few times this season between the big leagues and Triple-A. He’s pitched in 19 games for the Reds this year. He’s allowed eight earned runs in 17.2 innings. That’s a 4.08 ERA. Duarte has given up three home runs among his 15 hits allowed, he’s walked 10 batters, and he’s picked up 15 strikeouts.
In Triple-A, as you would expect, he’s pitched a bit better. He’s posted a 3.26 ERA in his 28 games for Louisville this season. He hasn’t allowed a home run in the minor leagues this season in his 30.1 innings while giving up 22 hits, walking 15 batters, and striking out 34.
Ben Lively will be joining Louisville in Minnesota as the Bats wrap up a series against the St. Paul Saints. He’s currently on the injured list with a right pectoral strain – the second time for that injury this year. He also missed time in late June through the first week of July with the same injury before returning to the roster.
In his last outing, Lively was offered as a sacrifice to the baseball Gods by David Bell as he remained in the game long enough to give up 13 earned runs on 13 hits and two walks in 4.0 innings that also included him giving up four home runs to the Chicago Cubs. He was placed on the injured list the following day (August 2nd).
With only a short amount of time since he last pitched, and being eligible to return on August 17th, Lively’s stint with the Bats in Triple-A may be a short one. Annie Sabo of Bally Sports Ohio reported that he’s expected to throw 85 pitches in his rehab start. That would suggest if things go well and he remains healthy that it’s likely he’ll be back when he’s eligible to return because he doesn’t need to have his pitch count built up.