The Cincinnati Reds have made a roster move prior to the game tonight in New York against the Mets. They’ve recalled reliever Matt Bowman and optioned outfielder Phillip Ervin back to Triple-A Louisville.

With the bullpen likely having several pitchers unavailable tonight, the Reds needed to bring an arm up. That led to Matt Bowman getting the call. With the Louisville Bats this season he’s thrown 15.1 innings with a 2.93 ERA. He’s been a ground ball machine, generating a 60% ground ball rate in that time. He’s also missed plenty of bats (22.7% K-rate), though his walk rate is higher than you would like to see (13.6%).

The move is likely short term, just to help get the team through the series in New York. When Nick Senzel arrives on Friday, it’s likely going to be Bowman that is sent back to the minors to make room for him. With Phillip Ervin going down today, it leaves the Reds bench short. For Ervin, his stay in Cincinnati lasted just a week after coming up to take the roster spot vacated by Matt Kemp after he injured himself running into a wall. He was hitting .200/.385/.400 in his 13 plate appearances this season with the Reds.

9 Responses

  1. Doc

    Dietrick in the OF, no wonder the outfielders can’t get untracked. Infielder starts in OF. I know, jack of all trades, master of none.

    Ervin sent down, again having gotten essentially no chance to perform.

    • Northern Ky Reds

      I agree 100%. He is the most disrespected number 1 pick in recent memory. Funny thing is, if you give him 600 ABs ,he’ll hit better ther Dietrich and schebler average wise. Has a much higher ceiling.

      • RojoBenjy

        That’s a really good point. Disrespect is what we’re looking at.

      • C W Lackey

        Ervin never had a chance to show he can hit, which Scott Schebler cannot, Schebler is hitting less than .130 with virtually no power. He needs to be moved somewhere. Ervin is a much better hitter IF he ever gets a chance. Does the ones in control of the Reds want the team to win? Hopefully Senzel will be given a REAL chance to play not the regular one game as a PH and sent back down. The Reds have some big time talent on the team but no one can consistently get hits as most are hitting less than .200 WHY?

  2. Klugo

    Ugh. The strike out to the Cardinal OFer did him no favors. Poor guy.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Let me get this clear…

    Ervin gets on base 2 out of 3 times in the first game he’s allowed to start since coming up. The front office rewards the young man by optioning him back for pitching depth, so that they can keep a “center fielder” that’s batting 0.133, OPS .531.

    Furthermore, said “Center fielder “ doesn’t even start the next game in favor of the utility infielder taking the start from him.

    Said “center fielder” pinch hits later and promptly kills a rally by GIDP. At least Ervin would have only struck out there.

    Is that what we’re looking at here?

  4. Bob Anderson

    Buddy’s kid tires the bullpen every night

    • Northern Ky Reds

      Buddy’s kid is a horrible manager.

    • RojoBenjy

      Managing more like his dad owns Buddy’s Carpet Barn.