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.

13 Responses

  1. G-man

    I woke up last night at 3:00am to a dream where the Reds went 17-0 to end the regular season…with all kinds of momentum entering the playoffs. Joey Votto carried the team with 10 homers during the streak. I couldn’t go back to sleep because it seemed so real. Could it be?

    • Doc

      I’d take the NO its not possible bet, and be happy if I lost it.

      Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 games with a .260 BA and 2.83 ERA. Best not take them too lightly.

      • Melvin

        …but it’s the EASY part of the schedule. 😉

      • David

        Easy part of the schedule? Frequently, it’s not WHO you play, but when you play them.
        As old Sparky used to say about teams and players out of contention, the pressure is off, and they are on a “salary drive”.
        The Reds played the Dodgers when they were playing kind of lousy, and actually did well against them. A little bit later (and up to NOW!) they are playing a lot better.
        The Reds played the Diamondbacks the first time, and the D-backs pitching was in a slump, and the Reds sort of beat up on them. Not the next time, though.
        And on, and on. Anytime two pro baseball teams take the field, about anything can happen. The guy starting for the Tigers tonight is pretty lousy (by his numbers), but he may spin up a good one for them tonight (or the Reds may shell him). Who knows?

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    I would’ve liked to keep Shreve until Young returns from COVID IL… There was no someone else to DFA’d?

  3. Hotto4Votto

    If he was a replacement for a COVID guy why couldn’t he have just been returned like Lopez or Richardson?

  4. Steve

    C-Strand not in at 1b against lefty?

  5. TJ

    Luke Weaver was released by the Mariners with an ERA north of 6 and picked up by the Yankees. Rich Hill was released by the Padres. Any team wanting to pick him up will pay $800,000 for three weeks. Don’t think the Reds would pay that. Does DJ think he could work his magic on him? I guess the Reds have to determine how desperate they are for pitching. Just throwing it out there.

    • Harry Stoner

      Dream Weaver lands on his feet again. Now in pinstripes, maybe a fun way to close out an otherwise strange, forgettable season for him.

      I think the Reds’ fate is going to come down to their offense over the remainder of the season.

      If they can start scoring again they may start winning again.

  6. Votto4life

    The Red’s 2023 fate was decided more than a month ago. Now, they are just playing out the string.