Yesterday saw the Cincinnati Reds recall Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville and option Josh VanMeter to Triple-A. That didn’t last very long. Cody Reed threw 2.0 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night and now is on his way back to Triple-A. This morning the Reds optioned Reed to the minors and have recalled outfielder Phillip Ervin.
That move puts the Reds bullpen back to 8. It also fills out the bench with 4 position players once again. For Ervin, he’s been in the Majors this season with the Reds. In 7 games he went 2-10 with 3 walks, a triple, a run scored, and he had an RBI. In Triple-A he was hitting .228/.333/.315 for the Bats with 15 walks and 22 strikeouts. Things have been a bit better in May, where he’s walked 10 times with 9 strikeouts in 13 games played. But he’s hitting just .233, though thanks to the walks it’s come with a .375 on-base percentage, and with 3 extra-base hits his slugging percentage is .349.
Unlike the move yesterday with Cody Reed, where it seemed clear that someone in the bullpen would quickly go back to the minors, with Ervin, it’s unclear if that will happen for the bench. And it’s almost certain that it won’t happen as quickly as the bullpen move was made.