We knew Luis Castillo was getting close to his innings limit, and now we know that Wednesday will be his last start of the 2017 season:
The Reds’ rotation will undergo another revision later this week, manager Bryan Price revealed on Tuesday. Exactly how it will change is unclear, for now, but Luis Castillo will be moved out and Amir Garrett will be moving in. Tyler Mahle could also be shut down after a couple of more starts and Sal Romano might get pushed back a day or two.
“We have a general idea, but it’s free-flowing,” Price said. “I don’t want to get too far into it because we haven’t talked to all the guys. It’s not a big deal. It’s just reshuffling the deck.”
If that’s the end of Castillo’s season, then everyone should be thrilled. What an incredible rookie campaign for a guy the Reds received in exchange for Dan Straily. The ceiling is the roof for Castillo.
The flip side of that equation is that Amir Garrett now has an opportunity to salvage something positive out of his own rookie season. Fingers crossed.
Of equal interest is this comment by Price:
“There’s a good chance you can see three of the four guys in the rotation at some point,” Price said. “How many starts we can get them, I don’t know. I can’t make a great commitment until we actually get them slotted in. When we get Castillo out and Mahle out, it will become a little bit clearer.”
Combine that, with this nugget from Price’s pre-game comments on Tuesday:
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 5, 2017
Then throw in the fact that Reed’s last two outings for Triple-A Louisville this year were short outings of three innings each. He started both games, but was removed after three innings, having allowed just one hit and no walks each time (his most effective outings in weeks).
The Reds haven’t stated anything definitively, as far as I can tell, but it certainly seems like Cody Reed — who was perhaps the Reds top pitching prospect as 2017 dawned — is thisclose to being cast into the bullpen, never to be heard from again.
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