The Cincinnati Reds are starting a new series today, welcoming in the St. Louis Cardinals – just their second series all season long against a National League Central opponent. But before that gets started the club made a pair of roster moves. Nick Lodolo has been activated from the injured list and to make room for him on the 26-man roster the Reds have optioned Carson Spiers to Triple-A Louisville.

For Nick Lodolo, we knew that move was coming. He’s been listed as the probable starter for today for a while now and the team has openly talked about his return for this game. He’s made six starts this season for the Reds and has a 3.34 ERA in 35.0 innings while allowing 24 hits, walking nine, and he’s racked up 43 strikeouts on the season. Lodolo did not make a rehab start during his 15-days on the injured list.

As for Carson Spiers, he’s once again victim of the rules of Major League Baseball. And of good performance. Cincinnati’s bullpen has a lot of guys who do not have options, so they are continuing to choose between the handful of guys who do. Spiers is one of the pitchers that has options. When you also toss in the fact that he threw 3.1 innings in yesterday’s 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him unavailable to pitch for the next few days, and it sealed his fate despite owning a 3.29 ERA so far this season with the Reds in 13.2 innings.

With Nick Martinez back in the bullpen, and also pitching multiple innings over the weekend and not being available as a long-man if the team needs one, that role is likely to be served by Brett Kennedy if the need pops up for the next couple of days.

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    I thought my drinking days were over but the Reds won 9-6 Sunday? Deja Vu all over again. Go Yogi!

  2. Lee

    If Kennedy had pitched yesterday we would have lost the game.

  3. Mauired

    Well if we want to be optimistic. Reds have around the same record now as they had this time last year. Also this is when they started to play some good baseball last year.

    They have finally hit a soft spot in the schedule, so they can build on their shocking sweep of the Dodgers. Cubs and Cards both .500 clubs this week. Then Reds go to Denver for their last 3 games of the year west of the Rockies, meaning every city they go to is within two hours. Then another series with Cubs.

    If they can at least win all four series the next couple weeks and go 8-4 or better, they are right back in the playoff hunt.

  4. TJ

    Read that Friedl could possibly be back late this week with no rehab games. CES taking ground balls with only one arm. Keeping the injured arm away from contact. Possibly late June for his return

  5. Doc

    The game is no longer oriented toward putting the best 26 players in the dugout in order to give a team the best chance to win. Hasn’t been for a long time, which is almost as long as it has been since I went to a major league game. Louisville, Pensacola, Montgomery AL, Daytona…that’s where I see live baseball games. And live games are the only ones I watch. I have a life, after all.


      Good for you Doc we are so proud.

  6. Optimist

    I doubt any of the parties involved are surprised, and barring a collapse in AAA he’ll be back sooner rather than later – Williamson likely soon as well, and also Maxwell if he continues to show and Santillan could join them – though several are missing opportunities, those guys are not. Kennedy gets the next mop up and then DFA for whoever is next.

    Unlike last season, they finally have a nice line waiting.

    • DaveCT

      The beauty of Spiers’ success is that he pitches, without overpowering stuff. He attacks hitters in the zone. His ceilingmay one day be a 4/5 startet (with hopefully, for him, a nice contract), but his best value is as that swing man. With Spiers snd Martinez in the bullpen, we have two weapons. Ive been posting that both Phillips and Richardson need time, as in at least a full season at AAA, as their development was interrupted last year by need. Lets not judge them until the offseason. Roa, on the other hand …

    • DaveCT

      One of my thoughts on Maxwell is that he might well benefit from the automated strike zone at AAA, given the incredible amount of movement on his pitches. I’ve occasionally read that minor league umps, also learning their trade, can have trouble seeing pitches the same as hitters. Anecdotal, in all likelihood, but who knows?

  7. RedsGettingBetter

    When do the Reds call back Spiers to the majors as long as no injuries arise?