The Reds announced that Rookie Davis has been optioned to AAA Louisville.
Today the #Reds optioned to Class AAA Louisville RHP Rookie Davis.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 10, 2017
No word yet on who takes Davis’ spot in the rotation. Could be Robert Stephenson or a few other guys. Cody Reed was demoted on May 4. He can be called back May 14. Since the Reds are using a 4-man rotation in Amir Garrett’s absence, Davis’ next turn would be on Saturday, May 13. Bronson Arroyo is pitching Thursday, Scott Feldman is starting Friday and Davis is still listed as the probable starter for Saturday’s game.
Update: Not Stephenson
OK, been told Stephenson will not be joining the rotation. Likely to be a Triple-A guy
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) May 10, 2017
AAA candidates include:
Jackson Stephens (22) last pitched May 5. Stephens was drafted in the 18th round by the Reds in 2012. ERA is 5.97.
Lisalverto Bonilla (26) last pitched May 7. Bonilla has already been a free agent twice and the Reds took him off waivers in February from the Pirates. He was called up once already this season, faced the Cubs and pitched 5 innings of relief, striking out 6. Bonilla was sent back to AAA the next day. His ERA at Louisville is 5.61.
Asher Wojciechowski just pitched last night, so he can’t be ready for Saturday.
The only other names of starting pitchers on the 40-man roster are Luis Castillo (24) and Keury Mella (23) who are pitching for AA-Pensacola. If either of them get the call, whoa.
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