The Reds have called up relief pitcher Carlos Contreras from AA-Pensicola. Contreras is 23 and a right-handed pitcher.
According to Doug Gray:
Contreras began the season in the Double-A Pensacola rotation, but suffered some back problems that put him on the disabled list for a little over a month. When he returned he was moved to the bullpen, where most believed he would eventually wind up anyways.
Read the rest of Doug’s scouting report on Contreras.
Roger Bernadina was DFA’d again to make room for Contraras on the 25-man roster.
This move is obviously in response to last night’s bullpen apocalypse where the Reds threw 207 pitches and gave up nine walks. If anyone else out there is interested in pitching in the Reds bullpen tonight, please contact Walt Jocketty. Willingness to throw strikes a plus, but not required. Must have experience pitching off a mound, nothing else.
We have been unable to confirm reports that the Reds had to place an emergency order for more baseballs after last night’s game in anticipation of their pitchers facing the Blue Jays two more times this weekend.
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