The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves today. Lyon Richardson has been recalled from Triple-A and he will be today’s starting pitcher. The team optioned reliever Casey Legumina to Triple-A to clear a spot on the roster for Richardson. Cincinnati also announced that reliever Alex Young was sent to Triple-A for a rehab assignment.
The move to call up Lyon Richardson comes as no surprise. Cincinnati has had him listed as the probable starter for several days now, even after he was returned to the minor leagues after his previous start. It will be the 4th start for Richardson in the big leagues. Each start has gotten better, with his last start on September 1st in the second game of the doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs being one where he allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings. He has struggled a bit with control, walking 11 batters in his 8.0 innings.
The return to the big leagues for Casey Legumina was a short one. He was called up on Monday and then pitched last night against Seattle, throwing a shutout 8th inning. Now he’s heading back to the minor leagues. Someone had to be the guy to get sent out and it was him.
Alex Young has been out for the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He last pitched on August 24th against Arizona, giving up two runs in an inning of work. The lefty will join the Bats in Louisville tonight. His rehab assignment, assuming he remains healthy, is expected to be a short one.