Four more September call-ups
The Reds announced during Monday’s game that four more players will be called up from Triple-A Louisville:
LHPs Tony Cingrani and Brandon Finnegan
RHP Josh Smith
IF/OF Kristopher Negron
The name not on the list that surprised me is RHP and No. 2 prospect Robert Stephenson. He had a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts for Louisville, but he was hit hard two outings ago in a short three-inning start not long after he missed some time on the disabled list.
“I wanted him to get the innings, I think he’s going to do that down in the instructional league, that’s my understanding,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We just want to get him up and get him the innings so that if he makes the club or he’s up during the season next year that he’ll be — we won’t have to look at cutting him off in September because he hits an innings limit. My big concern for Robert is he get the innings. If it’s not here and we feel he’s better served in the instructional league, I’m fine with that, as well.”
Cingrani will be used from the bullpen this month.
“He can pitch two-to-three innings,” Price said. “We’ve been without a lefty for a long time beyond Chapman. As you can see, we get into these situations where I’m using Badenhop or Diaz, in today’s case. Trying to find our right-handers to get lefties out consistently. It’ll be nice to have. Manny should be able to pitch here in the next couple of days. Having Tony will be nice for that situation too, just to be able to match up every now and again. It’s challenging not to have a situational left-hander when teams can stack their lineup against right-handed starters, that will be a bonus for us for sure.
For jersey number enthusiasts, Finnegan will wear No. 31. Price said he would likely be used out of the bullpen for the time being as the big league club gets a first up-close look at him.
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