Bullpen help for Reds

After the Reds bullpen has put together 11 1/3 innings over the last two games, a little reinforcement was summoned on Tuesday. The Reds called up RHP Robert Manuel from Triple-A Louisville.

Manuel was 3-3 with a 2.51 ERA and eight saves in 32 appearances for Louisville.  In 43 innings, he allowed 33 hits, 12 earned runs, nine walks, two homers and struck out 33. Opponents batted .209 against him and curiously, it was lefties that fared worse by hitting .169 (10-for-59).

To make room for Manuel, IF Drew Sutton was optioned to Louisville.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston Jr. 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Encarnacion 5
Harang 1

As usual, there was a unique story to Manuel getting the word from Louisville manager Rick Sweet that he was moving up. It happened to come just as players were watching highlights from the 22-1 loss.

“It was real weird,” Manuel said. “There were too many people in the room and they were all around me for some reason. I was just paying attention to the highlights. He said they might need somebody to pitch in Cincy. I looked around and every one of the guys standing up were position players and starters. [Sweet] was looking at me. I thought he was talking to somebody behind me and was joking around.”

Manuel throws a fastball, slider and changeup. In the minors, he could work multiple innings, set-up or close.

“He throws strikes. The big thing is he’s gotten left-handers out better than right-handers,” Dusty Baker said. “They said give him a shot. He’s not going to pop your eyes out but he gets people out, which is what it’s all about.”

When the writers came into Baker’s office for the daily meeting, he had the right attitude needed to overcome a loss that, quite frankly, had him looking shellshocked on Monday night.

“The sun came up today,” Baker said. “It’s a new day. It’s baseball.”

6 Comments

Cool. Always good to see a newcomer. Hopefully he doesn’t have to experience what happened last night.

I know the Reds were shopping for a right-handed power hitter in the offseason, but it looks like they found one. I know he isn’t the big name that they were hoping to get, but Gomes has been doing a real nice job for the Redlegs this season. My question is, why hasn’t he claimed left field to himself and why isn’t taveras platooning with Dickerson in center?

Because they signed Willy to a two-year deal so that he could be our starting center fielder. He’s had a lackluster second half, yes, but to totally give up on him now would be ridiculous. Although, at the same time, you have Dickerson, who has been performing well the entire season. Same with Gomes. Bruce is in right field and that will never, ever change. Because of that, and because Willy probably won’t get benched either, Gomes and Dickerson will have to split time.

Typo. I obviously meant that Willy has had a lackluster FIRST half.

I have wondered for a long time why we ever pursued Taveras in the first place. Were there any other teams even remotely interested? The Reds have had a stock pile of outfielders for a very long time and to bring in a guy who is a notorious free swinger and make him our lead off hitter is just an absolute sham. In his best season he walked 36 times and his best on base percentage of any of his 6 seasons was .367 back in ’07. I find myself rooting for this guy to go 0 for 4 just for pure entertainment value. The good news is that we signed him as a free agent and did not give up any of our youth for him. The bad news is our youth has to wait behind his fat wallet. I think he would make a great #8 or #9 hitter in the lineup at half his current salary aside from that fly him high as trade fodder.
Good luck to Manual I am always rooting for the rookies hoping that they will turn into wonder boys. I hope that he can be an inning eater since we have only one starter (Harang) that can go past 6 innings on a regular basis.

I think Bailey is here to stay and he seems to be a much better pitcher then he once was. :) By the way check out my page.

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