The Cincinnati Reds have placed right handed pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez on the disabled list for the Daytona Tortugas. A source told me that it’s not anything serious and he shouldn’t miss much time – it’s a non-arm related injury. He last pitched on Thursday night against St. Lucie and allowed a run over 5.0 innings while striking out a batter with no walks. On the season he’s battled some consistency, posting a 4.67 ERA in 86.2 innings. He’s posted strong peripherals, giving up nine home runs, walking just 16 batters and striking out 84.

This may come at a good time for the 21-year-old from Cuba. When he was pitching in Cuba as a teenager he threw 67.0 innings as a 17-year-old and then 51.1 as an 18-year-old. He’s already thrown 86.2 innings with the Tortugas this season. It could serve as a nice little break for him as he’s passed up his career high already.

Other Reds roster moves

Taking his place on the roster, at least for now, is left handed pitcher Joel Bender. The 25-year-old from Cincinnati missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’s made three rehab appearances with the Arizona League Reds in Goodyear. Each outing lasted just one inning and he posted one walk with five strikeouts.

Outfielder Mitch Piatnik was sent from Daytona to Dayton. Infielder Kevin Franklin has been moved up from Dayton to Daytona. Piatnik has struggled at the plate for the Tortugas this season. He’s hitting .180/.223/.240 in 71 games played. He’ll add some outfield depth in Dayton with the ability to handle all three outfield spots. Franklin has played in 14 games with Dayton since joining the team from the disabled list (he missed the first half of the season). He’s hit .205/.255/.295 in 47 plate appearances with the Dragons this year. The 22-year-old former 2nd round pick (2013) has experience at both infield corner spots as well as left field.

5 Responses

  1. Shamrock

    Just mentioned Kevin Franklin yesterday. Nice to see him advance a little bit. Our 22 year old former 2nd round pick was hitting moonshots back when we drafted him out of high school. Any chance a light might be coming on Doug? (might he at least still project as a power bat off the Reds bench some day)

    • Doug Gray

      He’s still got that raw power, but he’s going to have to hit in general before he’ll be an option to be a power hitter off of the bench.

  2. Ahawn

    What is Scooter Gennetts contract situation. Do we control him after this season?

  3. DaveCT

    With all due respect to Piatnik and Franklin, if I am in the Daytona clubhouse and this is my relief after Senzel, etc. moved up, I feeling a bit abandoned out there at Fort Apache.