The Cincinnati Reds have called up right handed reliever Kevin Shackelford from Triple-A Louisville. He’s taking the spot on the roster of shortstop Zack Cozart, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Kevin Shackelford made his Major League debut on June 29th with the Reds and it has been, to this point, his only big league appearance. Things didn’t go as well as he would have hoped, allowing four runs in 2.2 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Since returning to Louisville in July he’s allowed two runs in 11.2 innings with three walks and 15 strikeouts. That’s good for a 1.54 ERA. He’s been rather dominant for the Bats since the end of April, throwing 37.0 innings with seven walks and 51 strikeouts. That’s come along with an ERA of 2.19.

Unfortunately for the Reds the trip to the disabled list for Zack Cozart essentially eliminates him from being traded. Not that teams were beating down the door for Cozart over the last week given that he was already barely playing because of the injury.

Minor League Moves

Reliever Tanner Rainey has been promoted from Daytona to Pensacola. The 24-year-old had a 3.80 ERA in 45.0 innings for the Tortugas with 21 hits allowed, 22 walks and 77 strikeouts. After a tough May and June, the right hander posted a 1.38 ERA in 13.0 innings with six walks and 24 strikeouts in July.

Taking his place on the Daytona roster is Aaron Quillen. The 23-year-old right hander has started two games in Billings and made four more relief appearances between the Mustangs and Dayton Dragons.

Anthony DeSclafani is going to make his second rehab start later tonight with the Dayton Dragons. The game will take place in Fort Wayne at 7:05pm if you are looking to follow along. In his first start with the AZL Reds he threw 2.1 innings with two earned runs with three hits, a walk and three strikeouts.

Barrett Astin began his rehab assignment last night with the Arizona League Reds. He had missed the previous five weeks of the season, last pitching in Louisville on June 23rd.

Updated at 3:45pm

Taylor Sparks has been added to the Dayton Dragons roster after rehabbing in Arizona. He was with Double-A Pensacola earlier this year, but missed two months after being hit by a pitch. 

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