The Cincinnati Reds have activated Kevin Shackelford from the disabled list. He has not pitched in the Major Leagues this season after dealing with an injury this spring. He pitched for both Pensacola and Louisville on rehab assignments, throwing 4.1 innings in his four games. Shackelford will take the roster spot of Kevin Quackenbush in the bullpen.

The Reds designated Kevin Quackenbush for assignment. The 29-year-old had posted an ERA of 11.00 in 10 games for Cincinnati. Over the last two years that leaves his ERA at 8.66 in the Major Leagues. Unless I am missing something, the designation of Quackenbush leaves the Cincinnati Reds at 39 players on their 40-man roster.

The bullpen has been a tough spot for the Reds this season, but adding in Kevin Shackelford should help turn things around a little bit on that side of things. Last season in the Major Leagues he posted a 4.70 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched with 13 walks and 38 strikeouts. The home run ball got him in trouble at times, but he’s a guy who misses bats. And, outside of his debut, last season was quite strong. In the other 25 games he had an ERA of 3.86 and just four home runs allowed in 28.0 innings.

There’s likely going to be some other moves coming to help out the bullpen soon. David Hernandez is rehabbing in Louisville currently, too. He should return to things soon, as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback. And on the non-pitching side, Eugenio Suarez is also coming back from injury and beginning his rehab assignment in Louisville tonight.

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17 Responses

  1. Brad

    Walt Jocketty gets a bad rap on this site. I have said it before and will say it again, trading Jonathan Broxton and his contract to Milwaukee for Shackelford and the recently released Astin was a major coup. Get something and save money. Impressive that both made ML debut with Reds.

    I will never understand how a week of Kevin Quackenbush was worth Reds losing Ariel Hernandez. Even if Isabel and Neal perform.

    • Doug Gray

      That entire chain of events still confuses me, so, so much.

      • Bobsy Trwins

        Reds confusing? Nah, who’s driving this bus into the abyss anyway … typical Dick Williams as Reds are doomed until that dude is gone …

  2. Norwood Nate

    A small step in the right direction. Now about Pennington and Gosselin…

    • Alex

      A lot of people always say Pennington and Gosslin need to be gone. We need Pennington we have no one else for SS. He is just a bench piece and im perfectly fine with what he brings as a bench guy. Gosselin is the move that didn’t make sense.

      • Norwood Nate

        Either Blandino, Suarez when he’s back, or Senzel when he’s up can all back up SS, Pennington is not needed and all three have better bats for PH.

  3. MikeD

    OMG! Schebler hits 2 homeruns and today he’s not in the lineup???? What the heck!

  4. MikeD

    My bad, yes one home run and and 2 hits altogether. No way should he be back on the bench. Let him get on a roll! Does not make any sense!

  5. MikeD

    This is fun to watch! Mahle’s pitch count is going to make it interesting if he continues with the no hitter.

  6. madd

    Any thoughts on whose spot Hernandez will take in the ‘pen when he comes back?

  7. The Rage

    Price’s country club spring training is killing the starters. No stamina after 90 pitches. My guess by memorial day they will be ready to go over 100 pitches.

  8. MikeD

    I respectfully disagree with you Rage. No Prices fault. Pitch count was nearing 100 and the Braves have some very good hitters. Great job by Mahle.

  9. Red Thunder

    Kevin didn’t look so good at Louisville on Sunday, hope things go better in Cincinnati.

  10. Alex Reds

    Adam Brett Walker and Barret Astin were both released.