Luetge was reassigned to the Reds' minor-league camp Tuesday. It looked as though Luetge might have a shot at winning an Opening Day spot in the Reds bullpen as a second left-hander, but the organization evidently had Wandy Peralta earmarked for those duties. Look for Luetge to report to Triple-A Louisville to begin 2017 after he turned in a 4.85 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 55.2 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization last season.
The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, MLB.com reports. Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.
Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The left-hander spent last season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, but he struggled to the tune of a 4.85 ERA out of the Bees bullpen. He'll likely act as organizational depth given his lack of standout numbers.
Luetge was designated for assignment on Wednesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Luetge did not appear in any game action after being called up to the majors Sunday. This action simultaneously created space for infielder Kaleb Cowart to be placed on the 25-man roster.
Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Luetge has pitched in 15 games this season for Salt Lake, compiling a 2.33 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and a save. The 29-year-old will take the roster spot previously held by Tim Lincecum, who has been optioned to Salt Lake to begin a rehab assignment.
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