The Cincinnati Reds have made a flurry of moves this afternoon. They recalled infielder/outfielder Josh VanMeter and right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Triple-A Louisville. They also designed right-handed pitcher Jesus Reyes for assignment. The move with Reyes was to clear a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Lavarnway, who was signed this afternoon to a Major League deal. He was needed because the Reds placed catcher Curt Casali on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee, and Kyle Farmer on the 7-day concussion list. That left them with only Juan Graterol on the active roster as a catcher.
For Josh VanMeter, he’s been through this one already this season. The 24-year-old has hit .348/.429/.669 for the Louisville Bats this season. He’s been up with the Cincinnati Reds big league club a few times this year, though never getting regular playing time. Nick Senzel and Derek Dietrich are both out of the lineup tonight for the Reds and are “day-to-day”, so there’s a chance he could find a little bit of playing time early on as those two get back to 100%.
Lucas Sims has been in the Major Leagues in each of the last three seasons. This year he’s only been up once, and it was just for one start. He pitched well, striking out nine batters in 7.1 innings – but that 8th inning got away from him as he wound up being charged with four earned runs. In Triple-A this year he’s missed a whole lot of bats – leading the league with 102 strikeouts in 79.0 innings.
But he’s been inconsistent, posting a 4.56 ERA over his 16 starts. Since the start of June, when he returned from his one start with Cincinnati he hasn’t made it out of the 4th inning three times in seven starts. It seems that for now he’ll pitch out of the bullpen for the Reds.
Amir Garrett to rehab with Triple-A Louisville
Left-handed reliever Amir Garrett will make a rehab appearance with the Triple-A Louisville Bats on Friday. He’s been out since just before the All-Star break.
Amir Garrett will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville tomorrow. Gives him time to sharpen his pitches before he returns to #Reds bullpen.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 18, 2019
The Reds could use Amir Garrett back in the worst way. Their bullpen had just one lefty right now – Wandy Peralta. Of course, Garrett’s more than a LOOGY – he’s dominant both righties and lefties this season. His presence does give them a tad more balance, and another reliable, go-to arm for David Bell.
This article has been edited – it previously stated that Wandy Peralta was not in the bullpen for the Reds. It has been corrected.