While the announcement hasn’t been made by the Cincinnati Reds yet, Daniel Wright will be starting for the club on Tuesday and making his big league debut.As far as I can trace it, it was originally reported by Jason Hurst of KAIT8 Sports in Jonesboro, Arkansas (where Wright went to college):

Daniel Wright is not on the 40-man roster, but to make room the team has designation Steve Delabar for assignment. The Reds also optioned both Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson to Triple-A after the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Wright was scheduled to start for the Bats on Saturday and was scratched from the start and replaced. His ERA is 0.79 this season in 34.0 innings for Pensacola and Louisville, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen (four starts, six relief appearances). He’s had just five walks all season and has 32 strikeouts. Earlier this week I wrote about how Wright had been making his case for the call up, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t read it.

The other player that will be called up seems to be a tougher case to figure out. It would appear to be a spot for someone already on the 40-man roster. Cutting out the starting pitching prospects from Double-A, that would leave the options to include: JJ Hoover, Stephen Johnson, Layne Somsen and Robert Stephenson.

Both JJ Hoover and Layne Somsen pitched multiple innings on Saturday night for the Bats, so I can’t imagine either of them getting the call up. The same goes for non-40-man roster player Wandy Peralta, who I wrote could be making a push for an audition with his strong performance early this season earlier this week. Stephen Johnson has allowed eight runs over his last three appearances, so the chances he’s getting called up also aren’t strong. The team isn’t going to call up Robert Stephenson to pitch out of the bullpen, so you may as well cross his name off of the list.

Another possibility could be that the team sends outfielder Yorman Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list. By the time he’s eligible to come off it will be early June, and given that he hasn’t even begun a true rehab assignment in the minor leagues (currently playing games in extended spring training), he will be eligible to come back before he’s healthy enough and ready to come back. That will open up a roster spot for someone on the 40-man if the Reds wanted to go that route. With Wright not being needed until Tuesday, it could be that he doesn’t even take the roster spot until then, leaving two players available to come up for the games on Sunday and Monday.

If that’s the route that they go, one option could be to bring up Bats reliever Dayan Diaz. On the season he’s got four walks and seven strikeouts, but he hasn’t walked a batter in the month of May and has five strikeouts in 8.0 innings with just one run allowed. They could also look at AJ Morris who has been starting of late, but projects more as a reliever at the big league level. He’s walked just three batters in 17.0 innings since May began and has 10 strikeouts for Louisville.

Looking down at Double-A Pensacola there are a few relievers pitching well, though it would be very un-Reds like to call someone up straight from Double-A. Still, Nick Routt has been dominating out of their bullpen, posting a 0.71 ERA in 25.1 innings with just five walks and 21 strikeouts this season. The lefty has a 0.75 WHIP on the season. Alejandro Chacin has a 1.04 ERA in 17.1 innings and has racked up seven saves. He has walked a few more guys than you’d like, nine, but also has 22 strikeouts. There’s also right hander Carlos Gonzalez who has posted a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings with seven walks and 22 strikeouts for the Blue Wahoos.

If the team goes the route that has them calling up a position player for a few days until they need a starting pitcher on Tuesday that leaves Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Kyle Waldrop as the only 40-man roster options.

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