Brandon Finnegan’s season is all but over.
Hours before today’s series finale against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, the Reds placed Finnegan on the 60-day disabled list. It was a way to temporarily remove him from the 40-man roster so they could return Asher Wojciechowski to the major league roster. “Wojo” was brought up and Jackson Stephens, the hero of yesterday’s win, was sent back to Louisville. It’s safe to say Stephens won’t be making the start Thursday at Colorado, because he must stay in the minors for at least 10 days after being optioned.
(For what it’s worth, Tyler Mahle started yesterday for Louisville, giving up six runs (three earned) in seven innings in a loss to Indianapolis.)
Wojciechowski’s likely role is as a reliever. He throws strikes, and Bryan Price said after he was outrighted to Louisville that his future would likely be as a reliever, a role he has been filling with the Bats.
For Finnegan, 60 days will cover all of July and August. He might be able to return in September, when roster numbers expand, but we will see. In effect, this is a completely lost season for the young lefthander.
In another transaction announced this morning, the Reds acquired first baseman Nick Longhi – the number nine prospect in the Red Sox farm system – for an undisclosed amount of international amateur signing bonus pool space.
Overall, Longhi has played in 347 games in the Minor Leagues, batting .278 with an OPS of .738. With Class A Salem in 2016, he was among the top-10 players in the Carolina League in hitting (.282), RBIs (77) and doubles (40).
It was not immediately announced which minor league team Longhi will join.
It does appear that the Cubs have the pitching matchup advantage today, but Arrieta is not the same Arrieta of recent vintage. He’s much more hittable than he was during his dominant seasons, so the Reds have a shot as long as Adleman keeps them close.
As mentioned above, Wojciechowski has joined the bullpen, so there will be no shortage of available arms today. The “high-leverage” relievers – Iglesias, Lorenzen, Cingrani and Storen – all pitched 1.1 innings or fewer Saturday, so they should be available, though probably not for multiple innings.
|LF Jon Jay||CF Billy Hamilton|
|3B Kris Bryant||SS Zack Cozart|
|1B Anthony Rizzo||1B Joey Votto|
|RF Ben Zobrist||LF Adam Duvall|
|C Willson Contreras||RF Scott Schebler|
|CF Ian Happ||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|SS Addison Russell||2B Scooter Gennett|
|2B Javier Baez||C Devin Mesoraco|
|P Jake Arrieta||P Tim Adleman|
Ben Zobrist is back for the Cubs, so their lineup is returning to its expected form.
Zack Cozart is back in at shortstop, and Scooter Gennett gets the call at second instead of Jose Peraza.
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