Asher, we hardly knew thee. Welcome back Stuart Turner. Lisalverto Bonilla replaces Jake Buchanan in the revolving door of freshening up the bullpen with AAA-Louisville arms.
RHP Jake Buchanan was optioned to the @LouisvilleBats and RHP Asher Wojciechowski was designated for assignment.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 18, 2017
Who takes Wojciechowski’s start on Friday?
It won’t be Homer Bailey, who will pitch for AAA-Louisville on Monday. With Thursday being an off day for the Reds, Bronson Arroyo could pitch on Friday, with Bailey taking Arroyo’s slot on Saturday in Washington.
The Reds didn’t need to DFA Wojciechowski right now and wouldn’t have if they needed him in the rotation again. It’s a pretty good sign they expect Bailey back next weekend. The Monday rehab start keeps Bailey on schedule, so does a Saturday start on 6/24 in Washington.
Stuart Turner’s future?
Barring injury to one of the other catchers, it’s hard to see Stuart Turner getting playing time with the emergence of a healthy and productive Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco has already been starting 2 out of 3 games. Turner’s presence on the bench does allow Bryan Price to use Tucker Barnhart or Mesoraco as a pinch hitter.
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