The Cincinnati Reds have made several roster moves this morning as they get ready for their afternoon contest against the Chicago White Sox. In a move that everyone knew was coming – Nick Lodolo has been activated from the injured list. The lefty is today’s scheduled starter, so it was just a matter of waiting until it was his day to take the mound to officially make the roster move. He’ll be taking the place on the roster of Carson Spiers, who was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville. The club has also sent left-handed reliever Sam Moll on a rehab assignment to Louisville.

Nick Lodolo hasn’t made a big league start in 11 months. In 2023 he battled a leg injury and some of that carried over into the spring as his recovery had him a little bit behind in being prepared to start the season. He began the year on the injured list, but after two rehab start in Louisville where he threw 7.2 innings, the Reds deemed him ready to go. He allowed five runs, hit three batters, walked three batters, and he struck out 10 while on his rehab assignment with the Bats over the last two weeks. This afternoon he gets to face the White Sox lineup who rank dead last in Major League Baseball with 30 runs scored in their 13 games played. For context, the Reds have scored 74 runs in their 13 games played this season.

Carson Spiers began the year in the minor leagues, but he joined the Reds when Tejay Antone went on the injured list. Spiers, who had been preparing as a starting pitcher and made two starts with Louisville before his call up, threw 4.0 innings out of the Cincinnati bullpen in his lone appearance after being recalled.

Sam Moll is back on a rehab assignment. He had already been on one with Triple-A Louisville at the start of the year, but on April 10th he was recalled from that assignment. A few days of rest was apparently enough to send him back out there where he will try to get healthy and ready to join the big league bullpen.

36 Responses

  1. LDS

    Hoping for a big and healthy year from Lodolo. I see today’s lineup has been posted and the real Tinker Bell is back.

    • DW

      Yeah but I have been pleasantly surprised at how much more consistent his lineups have been this year.

    • doctorrockett

      Gracious, what an ugly lineup…

    • Doug Gray

      It’s time for everyone to stop with the Tinker Bell stuff. It’s against the commenting rules and I’ve let it slide for too long.

      • Doc

        Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this extends to the majority of criticisms of Bell. The incessant daily criticisms of everything that DB does are just not that useful, require no brilliant thought since they say the same thing day after day, and provide no stimulating insight or thought-provoking discussion.

        Perhaps a day every other week can be dedicated to Bell criticisms. If everyone knows that day, then your traffic will be low and you will have a day to catch up on your sleep and writing feature articles.

  2. Chris

    We face the ace of a team we should really be looking to sweep, and we get a Bell Sunday lineup. Why does he have to play his worst hitters all on one day?

    • Mauired

      Because Reds are unlikely to win today against Crotchet anyway so Bell is strategically forfeiting the game to get his starters rest. He’s a real forward thinking field commander.Genius move. 4-1 white sox

    • DW

      I think in this case it is because Crochet is a hard throwing lefty. It is more for handedness. That is why Benson, Fraley, and Martini are in the bench. And Maile gets the start as Lodolo’s preferred catcher possibly.

    • Doc

      Don’t you guys ever get tired of being embarrassed as the Reds lead by five and Lodolo is nearly perfect thus far. Oh, I forgot, none of the good things that occur are to Bell’s credit!

      • Mauired

        Great to see his decisions not backfire on him and hurt the team for once. Happy to be wrong.

  3. Mauired

    Benson on twice yesterday with a walk and extra base hit. Scored. Stephenson on twice yesterday with a walk and homer. Makes perfect sense to bench both today to get the bench guys some abs.

    • greenmtred

      Unlikely that it’s just to play the bench guys. More likely that it has to do with the matchup issue this pitcher represents, as DW said. The other guys are available after Steer, EDLC and the resurgent CES force the Sox to go to the bullpen,

      • Mauired

        Benson is hitting lefties fine. No need to bench him for Bubba. Just like last week against the Mets on Sunday. This move of benching Stephenson and Benson for Maile and Bubba resulted in a pathetic 3 hit 1 run day and series loss to at home to one of the worst teams in NL. So sure let’s do it again since it was a huge predictable failure the first time.

      • greenmtred

        It may well be that this particular lefty is likely to pose a problem for Benson. It’s also possible that Benson is being given a break due to mild injury: he was limping for awhile after crashing into the chain link fence.

      • Harry Stoner

        Just say it: “Bell knows things!”

      • greenmtred

        I count on you for that, Harry.

      • greenmtred

        Benson has been getting playing time against lefties. He’s sitting today. So what? Maybe he’s feeling the collision with the wall. Maybe Crotchett is the sort of lefty that Benson doesn’t profile well against. I get it: you think Bell is terrible. Managers don’t make enough difference to warrant this much angst and fury. They all have strengths and they all have weaknesses.

    • Tom Diesman

      What about the part you conveniently left out there?

      • Tom Diesman

        Yesterday Benson was 0 for 3 with a K and a GIDP against LHs. He’s far from showing he’s proficient against them after 17 PA.

      • Mauired

        Lol. Tom you always have such insightful things to say. Probably should be a writer.

        Speaking of conveniently leaving things out. Tom you conveniently left out that Benson has a .924 OPS against lefties this year. But guess that doesn’t really help you much.

      • Mauired

        After you just justified his benching on 3 abs. Wow. Your bromance with Bell is amazing.

      • Mauired

        “He’s far from showing he’s proficient against them after 17 PA.”

        I would say a .350 on base percentage and .570 slugging percentage is proficient but hey you’re the expert.

      • Tom Diesman

        No, I’m justifying him being platooned based on 276 PAs over the previous 3 seasons compromising AA-MLB play which suggest it is very unlikely that he’ll be successful vs LH pitchers.

        Level (yr) PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        AA/AAA (21) 98 .200 .299 .377 .676
        AAA/MLB (22) 94 .234 .372 .351 .723
        AAA/MLB (23) 84 .139 .262 .250 .512

        Nothing to do with Bell, he lives in your head, not mine.

      • Mauired

        That’s roughly 20-25 games per year. Seems like a small sample size to say a 25 year old player will not possibly improve at hitting lefties so why bother giving him the chance. Get the 26th man in the lineup instead.

      • Mauired

        One of those years was actually league average too. If an everyday player ops .723 against his weak side that’s normal. Steer had ops similar to that against righties last year in 485 plate appearances. He was the Reds MVP. Are we going to start platooning him if it continues.

      • Mauired

        Not sure about Bell living in my head but his .470 winning percentage is bothersome.

      • greenmtred

        A virtually meaningless stat shouldn’t be bothersome, Mauired.

      • Mauired

        0 trips to playoffs. Is that virtually meaningless?

      • Mauired

        Not counting his pathetic display in the pandemic playoffs when almost every team was let in**

    • VaRedsFan

      Day game after night game. It is typical to rest the catcher.

      • Mauired

        That’s fair but have the feeling that it’s more about Lodolo and if this was a night game Maile would catch Lodolo too. I’m wondering if Maile is good enough to be the personal catcher for twice through the rotation. His defense compared to Stephenson has been greatly exaggerated. Has he thrown out 1 runner this year? Stephenson’s bat is starting to come on with hits in 7 of 8 starts. Maile hitting .118 with 2 hits on the season. Probably time to have Stephenson in there for four of five pitchers. Not that Bell would make the move.

  4. DW

    The days against lefties are the days that McLain and Marte are missed the most. Friedl, too, in my opinion, as he was great against lefties last year.

    • Mauired

      Exactly so why weaken the lineup even more?

  5. Jason T.

    I hope we never see Spiers again until he learns how to even pitch effectively at AAA. He’s not inspired much confidence at all.

    Nice to see Lodolo pitch so well. Now the key is for him to remain healthy.