Rookie Davis has been shut down for the rest of the 2017 season. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer also noted that the hip impingement may require surgery.

It has been a tough season for Rookie Davis. The right hander started the season in the big leagues after winning a job in the rotation in spring training. He would make three starts in April for the Reds and struggled in each – never making it beyond the 4th inning and allowing 12 earned runs in 9.2 innings. In May he made two more starts, throwing 5.0 shutout innings in one and allowing four runs in 4.1 innings in the other start.

After that second start in May the Reds optioned him back to Triple-A. There he would only make two starts before hitting the disabled list with a back injury. There was a knot in his back that was causing issues and it kept him off of the mound for five weeks. He would rehab for a week in Arizona before joining the Pensacola rotation in Double-A. He made three solid, but unspectacular starts there before rejoining the Louisville rotation. There were some ups and downs there, but in that time he began to throw a split-fingered fastball and saw his strikeout-to-walk ratio take an enormous turn in the right direction. Over the final month of his season with the Bats he had four walks and 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

When the season ended in Louisville, the Cincinnati Reds recalled Rookie Davis back to the Major Leagues. His first outing, eight days after his last start in Louisville, came out of the bullpen. Eight days later he would once again take the mound, but this time he got the start. Things didn’t go as well as he would have liked, allowing five runs in 3.0 innings – giving up three home runs along the way.

While there is only a week remaining in the season, the Reds will need to fill the spot in the rotation that is being vacated by Rookie Davis. They’ve announced that the spot will be taken by Deck McGurie, P.I. It will be the first start of the career for McGuire, who has been outstanding in his four relief appearances since joining the team after the playoffs in Pensacola.

It was a big season for Deck McGuire in the minors in 2017. He spent the entire year in Double-A with the Blue Wahoos. Including his start in the playoffs, he threw 176.0 innings with an ERA of 2.66. That came with just 129 hits allowed, 57 walks and 183 strikeouts. His season earned him a call up as the team added him to the 40-man roster in September.

13 Responses

  1. Shawn

    What’s the deal with Deck McGuire? Does he have to be on the 40 man to keep him from being a free agent or does he have to be on the big league roster?

    • MK

      Regardless of free agent status he would make a nice Rule V pick-up (a guy who had the talent to be a first round draft pickwho seems to have finally got it).

    • Doug Gray

      As long as he stays on the Reds 40-man roster he can’t become a free agent for a while – he’s still got 6 full years of team control.

      • Bryant

        So given budgeting, isn’t McGuire perfect? They have him from 28-34 at low cost if he makes it. And I could imagine that being 28 without arm injuries thus far, if I am right, means he might even be available to pitch for us. Who cares if he is 28 when he puts it together. Is this that unusual or is it just that there are a lot of guys who put it together late and never get the third or four chance they need to get picked up? Any thoughts or analysis on this, Doug? Thanks!

      • Doug Gray

        It’s unusual for someone, even a pitcher, to put it together at 28 as a true rookie. That said, it’s not as if he hasn’t shown some stuff in the Majors thus far. There’s probably not room for him in the rotation, but he’s shown a little bit of something that makes you think he could help the bullpen.

  2. MK

    Seems like hip injuries are the flavor of the month with the Reds. Mesoraco with two, Garrett and now Davis. I wonder if there is something in their training program that could be leading to this. I know they run up and down that hill a lot in Arizona and trying to slow down or stop coming down a hill can put a lot of pressure on hips.

  3. Daytonfamily

    Heard garrett is possibly going to get a procedure done to his hip. But he waiting till after the season.

  4. The Duke

    I was at his one start where he threw the 5 shutout innings, and even in that start he was getting hit hard. There must have been 3 or 4 warning track balls that got caught and the hits he did give up were hit hard. When he gets back from this, he seems like a prime candidate to move to the bullpen where maybe his fastball can play up a bit in a short stint, and then focus improving whatever his best offspeed pitch is to make it play up as well.

  5. sandheel

    The battle for bullpen spots next Spring is suddenly becoming very interesting.

    We have a plethora of arms but Peralta and Iglesias are the only two I feel are secure.

    • CP

      Lorenzen has the arm talent, but needs to figure some things back out to get back to form.