The Cincinnati Reds have activated right handed reliever Austin Brice from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Double-A Pensacola. Brice had been rehabbing with the Blue Wahoos since the minor league season began last Thursday.
In two outings with Pensacola the right hander had thrown 2.0 innings, allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out three. Brice hadn’t pitched since the middle of spring training due to an elbow injury. He originally came over to the Reds in the Dan Straily trade during the winter that also included Luis Castillo.
The spring did not go well for Brice, though perhaps he was feeling the effects of the elbow injury before he went to the disabled list. He allowed seven runs in 4.0 innings with five walks and just three strikeouts. As a pitcher with success in Double-A in 2016 (2.89 ERA in 93.1 innings with 29 walks and 79 strikeouts), it’s interesting to see him sent back there. When he began his rehab assignment it was noted that he would head to Triple-A once it was completed, but that is no longer the case.
The Blue Wahoos roster currently sits at 26 active players with this move. That’s one above the roster limit for the league, so another roster move will need to be made, but it has not yet been announced. I will update this post when it has been made.