It was a busy day this afternoon at Great American Ballpark. The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves, with perhaps the biggest being the release of outfielder Matt Kemp. Acquired in the trade with the Dodgers over the winter, Kemp had been a 4th outfield option for the Reds, but was being worked into the lineup somewhat regularly in the corners. He was hitting .200/.210/.283 in 62 plate appearances before breaking a rib when he collided with the wall and was placed on the injured list. His release opens up a spot on the 40-man roster – though for now, that spot remains open.
Cincinnati also made some 25-man roster moves. With the bullpen being used plenty last night in an extra-innings loss, the Reds recalled left-handed pitcher Cody Reed from Triple-A. He had a 3.21 ERA for the Louisville Bats in 14.0 innings with 1 home run allowed, 6 walks, and 19 strikeouts. His ground ball rate was also an incredibly high 68% on the season for Louisville.
Scott Schebler was the 25-man roster casualty on the other side of the Reed move. The outfielder was hitting just .123/.253/.222 on the season for the Reds over his 95 total plate appearances. His BABIP was the worst in baseball at .154, so it’s not likely he was nearly as bad as the line suggests – but he had clearly been struggling much of the year after a torrid spring training.