The Cincinnati Reds needed a spot on the 40-man roster after losing their ninety-first catcher to the injured list (it was actually only the third), and signing Ryan Lavarnway. To create that spot the team designated right-handed reliever Jesus Reyes for assignment. Today he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville – where he had spent his entire 2019 season.
Jesus Reyes made his Major League debut in 2018 with the Reds. In five games he threw 5.2 innings, allowed two earned runs, and racked up two walks with two strikeouts. This season, as noted above, has been spent in Triple-A. There, he’s posted a 5.66 ERA in 47.2 innings while allowing nine home runs. Control has been an issue this season, though. He’s walked 31 batters with 42 strikeouts this season for the Bats.
TJ Friedl out for the year after ankle surgery
On June 26th TJ Friedl was placed on the 7-day injured list with an ankle injury retroactively to the 24th. The day he was eligible to come off of the list, July 1st, he was activated. He went 2-3 with a walk, steal, and a run scored in the game. But in his final at-bat, a single to right field, with the throw heading to third base to try and get the lead runner, Friedl tried to take second. As he rounded first he clearly felt something and you could notice a bit of a limp in his stride. The runner at third was thrown out to end the inning, and when Chattanooga took the field for the bottom of the 7th inning, Friedl was replaced in the outfield.
Three days later it was back onto the injured list for TJ Friedl with peroneal tendinitis. Fast forward a little less than three weeks and he’s out for the season after under going surgery on his right ankle. Friedl posted a picture on instagram five days ago with the caption of “not the way I wanted my season to end. But God has his plan for me and this is just a tiny set back for a major comeback!” under a photo of him in a hospital bed. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic had the report on the season ending surgery yesterday.
Reds sign Tyler Gibson
The Cincinnati Reds certainly seem like they’ve been signing more guys out of independent leagues this year than ever before. And over the weekend they did so again, picking up right-handed pitcher Tyler Gibson. He had been pitching just down the road from Cincinnati for the Florence Freedom in the Frontier League.
Tyler Gibson was in his second year with Florence when he was signed by the Reds. In 2018 he posted a 2.42 ERA in 74.1 innings with 15 walks and 43 strikeouts. This past season his ERA jumped up a bit to 3.51 in the exact same number of innings – 74.1, but he walked fewer batters – 11 – and he struck out more batters – 60. The 24-year-old has been assigned to the Greeneville Reds.
More roster moves for the day
There’s been plenty of movement on the farm today beyond the above mentioned moves. Right-handed pitcher Tristan Archer was reinstated from the injured list in Louisville, but the subsequently released by the Reds. Right-handed pitcher Moises Nova was reinstated to the active roster in Dayton.
Noah Davis, the Cincinnati Reds 11th round pick from 2018 who is recovering from Tommy John surgery from his junior season in college, was promoted from the AZL Reds to the Billings Mustangs. He had made 5 starts in Arizona as he makes his way back from the surgery.
Ryan Hendrix, who hasn’t pitched since late April in Chattanooga due to an elbow injury, was assigned to the AZL Reds on a rehab assignment. Hendrix hadn’t allowed a run in 10.1 innings for the Lookouts this year before the injury and had struck out 15 batters.