The Cincinnati Reds announced on Saturday afternoon that they had signed right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson to a minor league contract. They also assigned him to the taxi squad for the current road trip.

Anderson pitched in the big leagues every season from 2014-2021, but has not pitched there this year. The 34-year-old has pitched in Triple-A with both Toledo as a part of the Detroit Tigers organization and Durham as a part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He began his year with Toledo and made 15 starts and two relief appearances while posting a 4.63 ERA in 70.0 innings. He gave up 14 home runs in that span, walked 27 batters, and struck out 62 of the 305 hitters he faced.

Detroit released him in mid-July. He signed with Tampa Bay a week later and joined their Triple-A team in Durham. The Rays moved him into the bullpen where he made 10 appearances (he did start one game, but only pitched an inning). He allowed four earned runs – good for a 3.60 ERA) while allowing two home runs, walking two batters, and he struck out 10 of the 40 hitters he saw.

With the pitching injuries that the Reds have between Triple-A and the big league club, they simply need arms to get through the season. Here’s the list of pitchers currently on the injured lists between the two levels:

The Reds Injured List

  • Tejay Antone
  • Graham Ashcraft
  • Daniel Duarte
  • Robert Dugger
  • Hunter Greene
  • Vladimir Gutierrez
  • Jeff Hoffman
  • Connor Overton
  • Tony Santillan
  • Lucas Sims
  • Justin Wilson
  • T.J. Zeuch

The Bats Injured List

  • Brandon Bailey
  • Ben Lively
  • Justin Nicolino
  • Levi Stoudt
  • Trey Wingenter

That’s 17 pitchers that are currently injured between the two levels. Where exactly Chase Anderson comes into play isn’t quite known yet. Perhaps he joins the rotation, which currently only has Luis Cessa, Justin Dunn, Nick Lodolo, and Mike Minor in it. Maybe he just provides another level of depth in case another pitcher has an injury.

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8 Responses

  1. Optimist

    On a somewhat related note (pitcher transactions) – interesting to see that Jeff Hoffman has outperformed and outlasted Robert Stephenson in his successor organization.

  2. BK

    At least we’ve gotten to know a lot of players this year!

  3. BK

    Any thoughts on why we didn’t Steer promoted vice Moran, today?

    • Mac624

      Clearly the organization doesn’t want to start Steers clock in a lost season. Like it or not the organization is more concerned with securing a top 5 draft pick than promoting prospects to finish the season.

  4. Redsvol

    This pitchers numbers look better than 90% of the guys we’ve had in triple A this year. Safe bet he will get a call up at next injury. I wouldn’t doubt that someone will hit the DL on Monday.

  5. Steven Ross

    Maybe the Reds approach & mechanics to pitching is flawed? Chris Welsh indirectly brought this yesterday talking about all the injuries. Something’s wrong.

  6. Max

    What is flawed about the REDS is it starts at the very TOP of organization! Reds need NEW leadership instead of pick up LEFTOVERS.