With Rookie Davis being sent down to Triple-A Louisville, there was an unanswered question as to who would be called up to make the start vacated by Davis on Saturday. The move of Davis to Triple-A isn’t even official yet, as the Cincinnati Reds have an off-day today and don’t need to make the move until tomorrow. Well, it appears that it will be Lisalverto Bonilla joining the Reds to take the place of Davis.
No announcement has been made, but Tucker Barnhart may have let the cat out of the bag.
“The Reds Abide” pic.twitter.com/k6GrXc4pLW
— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) May 10, 2017
He tweeted out a picture of the team about to board the plane to San Francisco. Lisalverto Bonilla is in the picture right next to Zack Cozart. The right handed pitcher has one game with the Reds this year, throwing 5.0 innings of relief on April 22nd. In that game he allowed four runs on three hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
Since that relief appearance he’s pitched out of the Louisville rotation. His first start back was rough, allowing 10 hits and nine runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings with three home runs allowed. The last two starts have gone better, allowing four total runs in 9.2 innings pitched with three walks and 11 strikeouts.
In his last start he threw 104 pitches, so he’s stretched out to give the team a full start if he’s having success. He’s pitched in six big league games over his career, posting a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings with 23 strikeouts and three home runs allowed. The ballpark in San Francisco plays very large, which should help him in theory.