Sampson (0-1) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings, but received no decision Saturday against the Diamondbacks. After allowing a run in the first inning, Sampson settled down while the Reds' offense provided him with six runs of support. However, he was unable to complete the necessary five innings to earn the win. Despite pitching in a relief role throughout the season, he did well to put the team in position to win in this start, and he lowered his ERA to 4.79 on the campaign. His next start has yet to be determined.
Sampson will make a spot start for the Reds on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Sampson will take John Lamb's spot in the rotation for one turn, and with that plus the Reds' off days coming forward, that should buy enough time for Homer Bailey to be ready. "It's going to be a one-start scenario," manager Bryan Price said. "If everything that goes well with Homer the next time or two out, then I think it's realistic to at least project a possibility that we could have Homer by the end of the month."
Sampson was promoted Wednesday by the Reds, replacing J.J. Hoover in the bullpen. After seeing the Reds go 15 innings Tuesday, they needed a fresh arm in the bullpen, and Hoover was an easy sacrificial lamb. Sampson has had a good campaign at Triple-A Louisville, posting a 2.06 ERA and 0.979 WHIP with a 58:19 K:BB over 56.2 innings.
The Reds optioned Sampson to Triple-A Louisville before Sunday's game against the Mariners. Sampson pitched twice this week after his brief promotion this week. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over four innings.
Sampson's contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. After being DFA'd nearly a month ago, Sampson is now back with the big league club, joining Jumbo Diaz as a Wednesday call-up. The 2009 fourth-round pick struggled in 12 starts for the Reds last season and was tagged for four earned runs in 3.0 innings of big league work in 2016. He's found success at Triple-A, however, posting a 1.37 ERA with 20 strikeouts across 19.2 innings.