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Reds get bullpen ready for September run by adding LHP Zach Duke

Zach Duke with Pirates in 2006 (photo by Rudi riet via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds are getting ready for the September stretch run by adding depth to the relief corps. The Reds have purchased the Triple-A contract of left-hander Zach Duke and sending right-handed rookie Nick Christiani back to Louisville, just ahead of Saturday’s Waiver Trade Deadline. To make room on the 40-man roster for Duke, the Reds designated right-handed pitcher Justin Freeman for assignment.

They have 10 days to trade, demote or release Freeman.

This move gives the Reds a more balanced bullpen. The Reds now have three  left-handers: Duke, Manny Parra and closer Aroldis Chapman.

The move also makes Duke eligible for the playoffs.

Duke, who is 30 years old, struggled with the Washington Nationals in the first few months of the season, posting an 8.71 ERA in 12 games and 20 2/3 innings before his June 10 release. He was a starter for the first six years of his big league career in Pittsburgh, then was used primarily in relief in Arizona in 2011 and with Washington in 2012, when he posted a 1.32 ERA in eight games before faltering this year.

Duke pitched very well with Triple-A Louisville,  going 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 26 games spanning 27 2/3 innings. He gave up only five walks while striking out 34.

He has a 50-75 won-loss record with an ERA of 4.64 and has struck out 558 batters.

Dice-K, Indians pitchers slow down Reds bats in 3-0 win

Daisuke Matsuzaka (photo by Mori Chan, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K, pitched two scoreless innings and seven Cleveland Indians pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading to a 3-0 split-squad win over the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Arizona.

The Indians are taking a gamble on the right-handed Matsuzaka, who had arm problems the last few seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The Japanese fireballer had Tommy John sugery in 2011 which led to him only getting 11 starts in 2012.

The bright spot for the Reds were Sam LeCure and Manny Parra who each threw two scoreless innings on Sunday.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds