The Cincinnati Reds have recalled reliever Matt Bowman from Triple-A Louisville. To make room on the 25-man roster for the right-handed reliever the team optioned outfielder Phillip Ervin to the minors, where he’ll rejoin the Louisville Bats.
For Matt Bowman, this will not be his first time in the Major Leagues in 2019. It, however, could be his first game action if he enters the game. He was recalled earlier this year but did not appear in a game. The righty was an above-average reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals in both 2016 and 2017 before his 2018 campaign with Raynaud’s Syndrome changed things up. That led to him having issues feeling the baseball, which ultimately led to surgery to correct the problem.
He joined the Reds in the offseason on a minor league contract and has spent the first two months of the season pitching in Triple-A with Louisville. In 2019 where the Major League Baseball being used in Triple-A has led to historical home run rates, Bowman has allowed just one homer in 22.2 innings for the Bats to go with a 3.18 ERA, 12 walks, and 22 strikeouts.The lower home run rate is likely due to the fact that he’s generating ground balls at a high rate – 54% this season.
He’s dominated right-handed batters, holding them to a .200/.259/.280 line in 54 plate appearances this season. Left-handed hitters, though, have had quite a bit more success. They are hitting .258/.410/.419 against him with more walks, 8, than strikeouts, 6.
For Phillip Ervin, the shuttle between the Major Leagues and Triple-A continues. His first week of the year was spent in Triple-A, but he was in the Major Leagues before the second week of April was over. The stay wasn’t long and he was back in Louisville for the April 17th game. Less than a week later he was back in Cincinnati and finished out April in the big leagues. But the first game he played in May was back in Triple-A. After 2-and-a-half weeks with the Bats, he returned to Cincinnati. Over the last three games he went 2-6 with a walk and a double against the Dodgers and Brewers. But, he’s now back to the minors. Hopefully he’s getting the best use of his frequent flier miles.