The Cincinnati Reds have made a cornucopia of roster moves today, with the biggest one being that they’ve signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a Major League deal. That was hardly the only move, though. Curt Casali was played on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee. Kyle Farmer was placed on the 7-day concussion list. And David Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder fatigue. The team also recalled Josh VanMeter from Triple-A to help fill out the bench, as well as right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims, who seems likely to help fill out the bullpen for the time being. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Reyes was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Lavarnway.
Let’s get back to Ryan Lavarnway. He was signed given the problems the Reds are having at catcher right now. They have three catchers on the injured/concussion list with Tucker Barnhart joining the previously mentioned options there. Juan Graterol just came up from Triple-A Louisville to fill one of the spots the other day. Rather than go with internal options of either Stuart Turner or Chad Tromp in Triple-A, the Reds chose to sign big league veteran Lavarnway.
In 2019 the 31-year-old Ryan Lavarnway had played in 35 games for the Yankees Triple-A team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit .213/.333/.315 in that span. He played in six games at the Major League level in both 2017 and 2018. Across seven seasons he’s played in 146 games at the big league level, though only once has he gotten more than 100 at-bats in a season – back in 2012 with the Boston Red Sox. He’s a career .208/.268/.326 hitters over his 426 Major League plate appearances.
Coming back up
Josh VanMeter and Lucas Sims are coming back up from Triple-A. In Louisville this season Sims has posted a 4.56 ERA in 79.0 innings pitched with 36 walks and 102 strikeouts for the Bats. VanMeter has continued to destroy the baseball since he was sent back a few weeks ago and is hitting .348/.429/.669 in his 211 Triple-A appearances this year.