The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves this afternoon about an hour before the game was set to begin in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Right-handed pitcher Tejay Antone was recalled from the alternate roster at Prasco Park. He’s taking the place on the roster for Mike Moustakas, who was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Thursday.
Tejay Antone isn’t expected to be in Milwaukee today according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and with an off day on Monday he’ll join the team on Tuesday when they open their series at home against the Kansas City Royals. Antone started on Thursday, making his first start of his career in the Major Leagues, but was optioned following the start as he wouldn’t have been available for a while as he recovered from that outing. He was solid, throwing 4.1 innings with just one earned run. The control wasn’t quite as good as it was in his Major League debut the week prior. On Thursday Antone walked four batters while striking out four of the Cleveland hitters he faced.
The rotation is full, with David Bell announcing that coming after the off-day on Monday the rotation would go Luis Castillo, Wade Miley, Anthony DeSclafani, Sonny Gray, and Trevor Bauer. It wasn’t expected that Tejay Antone would jump back into the rotation, but that announcement pretty much assures it for now. Whether Antone will remain in a “long man” kind of role like he was for his Major League debut, or whether they may look at him for the time being as a 1-2 inning reliever remains to be seen. With Tyler Mahle also out of the rotation for now, the two of them probably aren’t both needed as a “long man” option. Situations may dictate how it plays out for both of the young right-handed pitchers.