Ariel Hernandez, we barely knew ya. After all the fun and excitement of Hernandez’s big league debut, he has been sent back to Double-A Pensacola from whence he came. Barrett Astin will return to Cincinnati (again) to take Hernandez’s place on the roster.

It was fun while it lasted.

But Hernandez will be back very, very soon, I imagine. Last night was just a taste of what’s to come. He likely won’t be available for a few days, and bringing Astin back gives the Reds another bullpen arm that can be used immediately.

That brings up the next question:

Who will be MLB-debut number 9 for the Reds this season?

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

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