The Cincinnati Reds have Brandon Williamson taking the mound for them tonight in Detroit as they begin a series with the Tigers. But until this afternoon, Williamson was on the COVID-19 injured list. He had to be activated and added back to the roster, which meant that the club needed to make a move and that move was to designate reliever Chasen Shreve for assignment.
For Shreve, he’s probably real tired of Detroit at this point. The left-handed reliever began the 2023 season with the Tigers and pitched in 47 games with them, posting a 4.79 ERA in 41.1 innings with 12 walks and 42 strikeouts. But the Tigers released him on August 13th. He signed with Cincinnati four days later on a minor league deal. Shreve spent two weeks with Louisville before being called up to join the Reds in September where he allowed one run in 3.1 innings spread out over three games. In his return to Detroit he found out that he wasn’t actually returning, but instead was being designated for assignment. You can see his career stats here.
Brandon Williamson is returning to make his first start in two weeks. His last start came on August 29th against San Francisco. The lefty allowed three earned runs, and was charged with two unearned runs in 6.0 innings with five strikeouts in a 6-1 loss to the Giants. Since the start of July he’s posted a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts for Cincinnati, throwing 60.0 innings with 58 strikeouts and just 16 walks. After a tough start this year he’s turned things around and been a stabilizing force within the ever-changing rotation for the Reds.