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Reds’ newest bullpen member is Nick Christiani; replaces Jonathan Broxton

Right-handed reliever Nick Christiani, who has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Louisville, was told late Thursday morning when Bats manager Jim Riggleman told him he was going to the major leagues to pitch for the Reds.

He was getting his first promotion after the Reds placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list with flexor mass strain in his right forearm.

Nick Christiani (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Christiani was 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 15 walks and 48 strikeouts in 47 games this season for Louisville. Over his last 17 appearances, the 26-year-old had a 2.79 ERA. Of his 23 inherited runners, only three scored.

Christiani made his major league debut Friday night vs. the Milwaukee Brewers pitching 1 1/3 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Reds bring up 1B Soto, option LHP Cingrani to AAA Louisville

The Cincinnati Reds, always looking for a chance to give their top minor league prospects a chance to get some experience, called up infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday and optioned lefty starter Tony Cingrani to the Bats.

Soto had a chance to play Saturday afternoon in the Reds’ 10-0 win over the Phillies on national television.

Neftali Soto (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

This will be the first big league promotion for the 24-year-old Soto, a third-round Draft pick in 2007 and according to MLB.com, the Reds’ 14th-best prospect.

In 33 games for Louisville, Soto is batting .269 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.

The 23-year-old lefty pitched well for the Reds. In six starts for Cincinnati, Cingrani was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA, nine walks and 41 strikeouts.

 

 

Reds promote reliever Redmond to take Votto’s roster spot; adds bullpen depth

 

With first baseman Joey Votto being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds decided to add a 13th pitcher when right-hander Todd Redmond was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Redmond is wearing uniform No. 58.

Todd Redmond (courtesy of Richmond Braves)

It’s been a whirlwind for the 27-year-old Redmond, who was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Reds on Saturday for shortstop Paul Janish. The Braves’ Triple-A affiliate at Gwinnett was playing the Reds’ Triple-A Louisville club at the time.

Redmond went from Gwinnett to Columbus, Ohio to play Louisville’s next game and was supposed to start on Tuesday for the Bats.

After getting the callup, Redmond had to make the 105-mile drive from Columbus to Cincinnati.

Redmond, who has never pitched in the big leagues, but was once called up by Atlanta and not used, was 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Gwinnett this season. His stay with the Reds will be a short one. The team needs another bat and is looking to acquire one.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

Reds activate Cairo from DL; send Harris to Triple-AAA Louisville

 

Willie Harris on Sunday traveled from Pittsburgh with the rest of his teammates as they headed to Milwaukee. But on Monday, instead of getting ready to play the Brewers, Harris had to get ready to board another plane and head towards Louisville where the Bats are playing the Norfolk Tides. That’s the life of a MLB utilityman, majors one day, minors another or released.

Miguel Cairo is back to help the Reds bench (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The move was needed to make room for Miguel Cairo’s activation from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, the Reds sent Willie Harris outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Willie Harris (Photo by Jason Wise of Getty Images for MLBpressbox.com)

Harris, who has 72 hours to report to Louisville, was batting .086 (3-for-35) on the season. His main job was to be the only left-handed pitch-hitter. He was signed to a Minor League deal in January and made the team out of Spring Training.

The 38-year-old Cairo went on the DL on April 17 because of a strained left hamstring. He played three games on a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton, going 0-for-10 with two strikeouts. Cairo is very valuable as a utilityman as he can play 3B, SS, 2B, 1B and the outfield if need be.

Another player who was in the mix to go back to Louisville, Todd Frazier, who is right-handed and was called up from Louisville after Cairo went to the disabled list, did not have to worry about a demotion after batting .389 (7-for-18) in his 10 games.

With Harris gone, the Reds have no left-handed  hitters off the bench.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Minor League callups can be costly; Reds spare expense

 

(file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds are a small-market team, with a low payroll and they’re out of the Central Division race. But they spared no expense when it came to calling up several of their top prospects from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds brought up Yonder Alonso, Jared Burton, Carlos Fisher, Matt Maloney, Edinson Volquez, Devin Mesoroco, Juan Francisco & Chris Valaika.

Bringing up players is not cheap at all. They get paid for a month at a big league minimum. To add it up, that’s about $70,000 per player. And that total does not include the cost of travel or the stripping the Louisville Bats roster.

(courtesy of Cincinnati Reds via wikipedia commons)

The Reds covered the Bats with players from Double-A Carolina to play the final games in Louisville’s season.

The Reds have been accused over the years of being cheap. But in the Bob Castellini/ Walt Jocketty era, they’ve spent money to upgrade the team.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

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