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.
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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.”