The Cincinnati Reds have made a flurry of moves this afternoon. They recalled infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter and right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Triple-A Louisville. They also designed right-handed pitcher Jesus Reyes for assignment. The move with Reyes was to clear a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Lavarnway, who was signed this afternoon to a Major League deal. He was needed because the Reds placed catcher Curt Casali on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee, and Kyle Farmer on the 7-day concussion list. That left them with only Juan Graterol on the active roster as a catcher.

For Josh VanMeter, he’s been through this one already this season. The 24-year-old has hit .348/.429/.669 for the Louisville Bats this season. He’s been up with the Cincinnati Reds big league club a few times this year, though never getting regular playing time. Nick Senzel and Derek Dietrich are both out of the lineup tonight for the Reds and are “day-to-day”, so there’s a chance he could find a little bit of playing time early on as those two get back to 100%.

Lucas Sims has been in the Major Leagues in each of the last three seasons. This year he’s only been up once, and it was just for one start. He pitched well, striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings – but that 8th inning got away from him as he wound up being charged with four earned runs. In Triple-A this year he’s missed a whole lot of bats – leading the league with 102 strikeouts in 79.0 innings.

But he’s been inconsistent, posting a 4.56 ERA over his 16 starts. Since the start of June, when he returned from his one start with Cincinnati he hasn’t made it out of the 4th inning three times in seven starts. It seems that for now he’ll pitch out of the bullpen for the Reds.

Amir Garrett to rehab with Triple-A Louisville

Left-handed reliever Amir Garrett will make a rehab appearance with the Triple-A Louisville Bats on Friday. He’s been out since just before the All-Star break.

The Reds could use Amir Garrett back in the worst way. Their bullpen had just one lefty right now – Wandy Peralta. Of course, Garrett’s more than a LOOGY – he’s dominant both righties and lefties this season. His presence does give them a tad more balance, and another reliable, go-to arm for David Bell.

This article has been edited – it previously stated that Wandy Peralta was not in the bullpen for the Reds. It has been corrected.

17 Responses

  1. Wes

    So sims to the pen ? I like it….

    Also how much of a gap is between tysteve and these guys reds are picking up ? Why not give him a shot instead of this crop ??

  2. Scott C

    I know he is not all that great but isn’t Wandy Peralt still on the 25 man roster?

    • Doug Gray

      He is. For some reason I was thinking he was still on the injured list and not active. It’s been corrected.

  3. Cguy

    Another great start by Big Sal today. He’s resurrecting his career as an sp. I’d rather see Romano in the Louisville rotation than Mella, Lopez, or even Gutierrez.

    • Wes

      There’s too much talent in baseball. He’s a decent 5th starter yet will never get another chance.

  4. Mongo

    Mongo next in line to be Reds catcher. Mongo needs to borrow a cup.

  5. MK

    Guess I would have rather seen them give Chad Tromp a chance than bring someone in from outside. Don’t think they are worried about his Service time so there is really no downside. He ended last season as the #1 catcher for the Bats.

    • RojoBenjy

      Maybe they’re letting Tromp rehab some more rather than throw him in?

      Hope so. If not for the IL and Rehab thing, I had the same thought about him.

  6. Cguy

    Gee, Joe. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Romano stats show he’s pitched 232.2 innings of ML baseball, with 41 ML starts, an ERA of just under 5.00 and 1.081 years of ML service time- all before his 26th birthday. What organization has 35 better prospects than that? For your info 35 is the average of 20 to 50 .

  7. Dave

    Joey Votto is either the worst baserunner in MLB, or he is lazy / does not care. I could have jogged to third base on Suarez flyout to center. Then Puig doubles to right and Joey could not make it home – he is a joke. And I am not someone who has been very critical of him – but tonight was pathetic.

  8. Jim Delaney

    Not making a move to bring in a catcher from another team is likely Reds showing their cards that they will become sellers at end of July. Will be interesting to watch what teams do in NL. The Dbacks and Giants are still saying they may sell and Phillies are saying they likely aren’t going to buy. Will know soon, less than 2 weeks until trade deadline…

  9. Wes

    Enlighten us joe. U come across as a real deep thinker

  10. MK

    Is it moronic that we do it or for you to take the time to read what a bunch of morons write?

    • RojoBenjy

      Sorry I missed the party!

      “Miss a day, miss a lot.”

  11. BlacklickRay

    It would be nice if they were sellers and play some of their younger players but I expect them to just ride out their broken down veterans to the end much like last 2 seasons. It shouldn’t be that hard to make changes when you have the 2nd worst rec in NL. Could at least bring some energy and sent a message to the vets that sloppy play is not acceptable next year.