Following a disappointing start in which he allowed six runs in only two innings against the Brewers on Sunday, Cody Reed has been optioned back to triple-A Louisville, according to a Reds announcement. In addition, the Reds announced they have also called up outfielder Kyle Waldrop to take Reed’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Reed has thus far been unimpressive outside of his first start and a few others, but this move was somewhat surprising given where the Reds currently are, in terms of competing. The fact that he remains on the 40-man roster for the Reds likely means that he will be rejoining them when rosters expand in September, accompanying fellow rookie Robert Stephenson and others. The big question, however, will be whether Reed will have a rotation spot to return to or if he will be relegated to bullpen work.
Even with the recent thinning out of Reds starters, September might still not be too late for them to experiment with the six-man rotation considering they still have yet to announce a solution as far as managing Brandon Finnegan’s increasing innings total.
It has largely been a struggle for Reed during his tenure in the majors so far, but it seemed promising when he went six innings and did not give up any runs against the Cardinals in St. Louis two starts ago. Despite that start, Reed is still searching for his first major league win and might have to work extra hard to earn it.
The Reds are taking on the Miami Marlins for a three game series at Great American Ballpark to begin the week. For now, Alfredo Simon or Daniel Wright make sense to take Reed’s vacated spot in the rotation, at least for the next start and presuming Robert Stephenson does not get the call. According to another announcement by the Reds, they have also activated Tim Adleman to take the place of Michael Lorenzen who was placed on the bereavement list.