The Cincinnati Reds made four roster moves on Tuesday afternoon prior to the second game of their series against the Seattle Mariners. They have called up right-handed reliever Kevin Herget from Triple-A and they added Lyon Richardson to the taxi squad. Herget was not on the 40-man roster, so to make room for him the club designated Michael Mariot for assignment. Cincinnati also sent Kevin Newman to Triple-a Louisville to begin a rehab assignment.

We’ll start off with Michael Mariot. He was the feel-good story yesterday, going 2528 days between big league outings. Mariot had last pitched as a major leaguer on October 2nd of 2016 before he took the mound in Cincinnati on Monday afternoon. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about his story, including the fact that he was a week away from retiring this summer before Cincinnati signed him out of the American Association.

Mariot threw 2.2 innings yesterday and allowed a run while giving up four hits, walking a batter, and striking out two. Now he’s available to any team that would like to keep him on their 40-man roster via the waiver process.

Kevin Herget is getting called up to Cincinnati again. He was with the team for two different stints earlier this year – one in April for two weeks and then for a month during June and July. Herget’s been in Triple-A since June 13th. His first two outings in Triple-A after returning did not go well. He allowed nine earned runs on 13 hits and gave up four homers in 5.1 combined innings. Since then he’s pitched in 23 games for the Bats, posted a 2.51 ERA, and given up just three homers in 28.2 innings on 19 hits and eight walks. He’s also struck out 28 during that time.

After the team needing to use seven pitchers in their win over Seattle, the Reds could use some available pitchers and Herget gives them at least one. While it hasn’t happened recently, he has pitched as many as four innings in an outing this season. More recently he’s been asked to pitch two innings for Louisville on occasion. He last pitched on September 1st and threw just eight pitches that day, so he should be as fresh as can be expected.

Lyon Richardson was recently returned to Triple-A. He was with the club as a Covid-19 injury replacement player, so he is eligible to return to Cincinnati whenever. Under a normal send down he would have to wait 15 days before returning to the big leagues, but that rule doesn’t apply here. Richardson had been listed as the probable starter for Wednesday before he was returned to Louisville’s roster. It’s likely that he will still be starting on Wednesday, but the team needed his roster spot for yesterday’s bullpen game.

Kevin Newman has missed the last three weeks with an oblique strain. He’ll be in Louisville tonight as they host the St. Paul Saints. With missing just a few weeks, and there being less than a month remaining in the regular season, if Newman looks and feels right, his rehab stint could be a short one.

26 Responses

  1. Melvin

    ” if Newman looks and feels right, his rehab stint could be a short one.”

    The first question I would ask is who comes off the 26 man roster if/when he comes back?

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    The rehab stint of Newman being short means that Senzel is going to return to triple-A, I don’t see any other choice that would make sense…
    The Reds fresh bullpen for today is Legumina, Shreeve and Herget as mid-game relievers so Díaz should be available to close…
    If the Reds make the win tonight it would be really outstanding…

    • Jason Franklin

      We have to pray for a Connor Phillips miracle.

  3. West Larry

    The line up is out. Mostly what you would think, except they are starting Mahle instead of Stevenson. Fraley is the D H – maybe Stevenson will be used as a pinch hitter today.

    • doofus

      Maile perhaps? I thought Mahle was traded to Twins last year.

  4. LDS

    Keeping up with the current Reds roster is getting to be a full time job. As for Newman, I was hoping we had seen the last of him.

  5. Rick

    I really hope that Phillips can give us a “minimum” of 4 quality(ish) innings. However, we are in quick hook playoff mode if Phillips isn’t keeping us in the game.

    • Mario

      I think Phillips gets 4 innings no matter what. I hope it’s 2 runs or less. The walk rate is concerning. Everyone will say just throw strikes until he pulls a Lyon and gives up 2 gopher balls in the first inning. Baseball is hard.

  6. JB WV

    Thank god they have a day off Thursday. Trying to patch it together every day is tough

    • Redgoggles

      It would be nice to have some rainouts too. Except then that means more double-headers.

      Abott and Antone and 3 days of rain. Or something like that.

      • Rick

        No more doubleheaders this late with our pitching issues. That guarantees that the b team relievers will get used & most DH’ers ends up in a split. Imo

  7. Rick

    I hope that they send Senzel down once Newman gets activated.
    Keep Fairchild for a late inning baserunner because Bader may be playing or already platooned out.
    They may send Martini down, or keep him for a lefty PH.

  8. CI3J

    Krall definitely earning his paycheck with the AAA shuttle running daily.

    • Jason Franklin

      Covid is still a monster man. And yes, Krall has done some iffy things this year (I am being nice) and he deserves credit for doing what he can. I still don’t think KROGER man wanted him to spend any money on the team.

  9. Steven Ross

    Is Herget really an upgrade over Mariot? Feel good story for 24 hours then bye-bye. Keep the man around for a week or two. Cold blooded.

    • PTBNL

      Not cold blooded. Roster management headaches. He isn’t useful for the next couple of days and they will use his spot to fill in with someone else that can give us a few innings. He’s done it a lot lately. Mariot will go to Louisville and be ready the next time roster manipulation needs to be done again. Mariot and the others knew this going into it.

      • Mario

        Yes, I would hope this was communicated to players before the DFA was announced.