The Cincinnati Reds made another roster move today. The team announced that they’ve called up Lucas Sims. That’s not too surprising given that he was the scheduled starter for Louisville yesterday, but was not used. The team kind of showed their hand on that one. The team also called up Blake Trahan, but that news got out earlier and was already written about here. What wasn’t written about with the calling up of Trahan was that in order to make room for him on the 40-man roster the team released right handed reliever Zack Weiss. He was on the minor league disabled list at the time. Weiss, once the top relief prospect in the organization, has struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons.
For Lucas Sims, this won’t be his first trip to the Major Leagues. He’s spent parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. This season he made six appearances out of the bullpen for Atlanta. While there he threw 10.1 innings with a 7.84 ERA, eight walks, and 10 strikeouts. He has performed much better in Triple-A this season. With Gwinnett, the Braves affiliate, he posted a 2.84 ERA in 73.0 innings, making 15 starts with 34 walks and 83 strikeouts. Since joining the Reds organization after being acquired in the Adam Duvall deal, he’s been in Louisville. With the Bats he posted a 3.81 ERA in five starts and 28.1 innings with five walks and 32 strikeouts.
How the Cincinnati Reds plan to use him is unclear at this point. Though it would seem likely that he’ll pitch out of the bullpen for the time being. The Reds moved to a 5-man rotation in August, and despite Homer Bailey continuing to pitch very poorly, they haven’t moved him from the rotation yet and because of that it seems like there’s no belief that they will the rest of the season, either. Cody Reed should continue to get more starts after finding some success in his first one this season with the Reds the last time through the rotation.