Lincoln DL'd, Roenicke recalled
RHP Mike Lincoln went on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, a move that was retroactive to Saturday, because a bulging disc in his neck. Reliever Josh Roenicke was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
In 19 games this season, Lincoln is 1-1 with an 8.29 ERA over 23 innings. He has struggled much of the season and unbeknownst to everyone, was pitching with the injury for a while.
“He didn’t want to say anything because he felt like he was letting the team down already,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Actually, I told him ‘hey man, it’s making it worse. Let’s not play with disc problems, back problems and anything with the spine.’ He said he was going to try and fight through it.”
Lincoln was told to rest for five days while he undergoes rehab and takes medication. Last season after returning from a four-year layoff because of an elbow injury, he worked a career high 64 games and was solid from the bullpen.
“With all the years he spent on the DL, the last thing he wanted to do was go back on the DL,” Baker said. “I understand that but I told him it’s not quite hero time. It’s admirable when your guys want to play, pitch and contribute.”
In 23 games for Louisville, Roenicke was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 11 saves. Over his 24 innings, he gave up 26 hits and three walks with 26 strikeouts. He hadn’t allowed a run over his last 11 appearances. The right-hander has converted his last 10 save chances in a row.
“The big concern is he hasn’t really gone back-to-back days or multiple innings,” Baker said. We’ll just have to break him in.”
Roenicke appeared in five games last season for the Reds as a September call-up.