The Cincinnati Reds activated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood prior to the game today. He was on the 40-man roster – but on the 60-day injured list. That meant that Cincinnati needed to clear a spot on the 40-man for him, as well as a spot on the 25-man roster. To do that it took the Reds making two other roster moves. To create the spot on the 40-man, the team designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. In order to get a spot open on the 25-man roster the Reds sent right-handed pitcher Sal Romano back to Triple-A. Kyle Farmer was also activated from the 7-day concussion list.

For Alex Wood, this is the first appearance on the mound for the Cincinnati Reds in a Major League game. The lefty has battled back problems since late February when he injured it during spring training. He made rehab starts in both Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this month before today’s season debut.

In what could be an excellent trivia question down the road, Ryan Lavarnyway hit .278/.316/.722 through his five games with the Reds. He homered twice in his first game with the organization, and added two doubles over the next week. If he clears waivers he can choose to become a free agent if he would like. He could also accept his assignment to the minors if he believes he will be given a better chance the rest of the year with Cincinnati than another team in baseball.

Sal Romano will head back to Triple-A where he has been pitching very well in July. He made one appearance for Cincinnati during his call up, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing one run out of the bullpen. With Louisville he had moved back into the rotation this month, with the exception of pitching after Alex Wood on one of his rehab appearances. In his last five appearances for the Bats, Romano has a 1.80 ERA. In those 20.0 innings pitched he’s allowed just 10 hits and walked three batters. He’s also racked up 24 strikeouts while facing 71 batters.

8 Responses

  1. RojoBenjy

    RL had his moment in the sun.

    Great storytelling later.

    • RedsKoolAidDrinker

      You’re right. No one’s ever had adversity and been able to overcome it. He’s done absolutely nothing lately to deserve the call-up or to even be considered for the that start Sims got. Certainly didn’t pitch well while he was up this time around. He should be written off.

      • Bill

        I think RojoBenjy was referring to Ryan Lavarnaway not Sal Romano. BTW, I agree Romano looked fantastic. We should see him back soon. I’d like to see Romano and Sims work as openers for the Reds. I think it’s a tactic that could put a lot of innings on a couple of pitchers like these two that are used to the workload and also used to a schedule. As such, should really shorten the game for the back end of the pen.

      • DaveCT

        Sal’s breaking pitch looked much more effective. More curve-like. He’s always the turbo sinker.

      • RedsKoolAidDrinker

        I apologize RB. However, I don’s see RL hanging up his mask just yet. Who knows how many other injuries can surface out there and his services be needed.

  2. Wes

    Big Sal shoulda got that start over sims. He’s got more big league experience and was pitching better in the moment. Poor management.

  3. Rick

    If the Reds are serious about being a future longterm contender I’m expecting they will either sign Iglesias, Wood and Puig to an extension in the next few days or trade them. I would prefer they trade Puig and hope Wood and Iglesias sign a reasonable three year extension. Agree?