The Cincinnati Reds have optioned catcher Chad Wallach to Triple-A Louisville. He had been on the big league roster, taking the spot of Stuart Turner while he was on paternity leave. Turner has been activated from that and the team sent Wallach back to re-join the Bats.

After not playing in the first two games in which he was on the roster, Chad Wallach got the start for the Reds on Sunday. He caught the Major League debut of Tyler Mahle as he made his own debut. The two had worked together in Louisville three times in 2017.

Chad Wallach struck out in his first plate appearance. In his second at-bat he flew out to deep center field. The next time to the plate he popped out to second base. In his final at-bat of the game, leading off the 9th inning he flew out to right field.

For Chad Wallach he may return rather quickly. Tucker Barnhart is due to leave on paternity leave any second now as he and his wife are also expecting a child.

7 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      Apparently he’s not. But, you are right that he is going to be leaving and that we’ll be seeing Chad back sooner because of that. Time to update the article. Because I’m an idiot.

  1. Billy

    I thought a player could only be recalled within 10 days if he is replacing a player going on the DL. Is that wrong? If not, wasn’t it foolish to send Wallach back down with Barnhart’s paternity leave expected any time?

    • Doug Gray

      I have to wonder if that doesn’t also apply to the paternity list. There’s no way they would have sent Wallach down otherwise, right?

      It just wouldn’t make sense. There’s no way they’re going to make another 40-man move to add a 5th catcher to the roster.

  2. BP

    How surprising is it that a 3rd catcher, Stuart Turner, has actually survived the entire season on the 40-man after being selected as a Rule-5 pick. I thought at some point a roster crunch would force him out, but he survived

    • Kinsm

      Adrian Nieto says hello. He did that in 2014 and never saw action in the majors again.