Michael Lorenzen's conversion from reliever to starter was very much a work in progress in 2015. The Reds gave the rookie 21 starts, along with six relief appearances, and he finished 4-9 with a 5.40 ERA. Lorenzen's control and whiff rate improved over the latter half of the season, but opponents still hit .339 against him over his final 52 innings. He will get another chance to make the Reds' rotation in 2016, but he has yet to show enough promise to merit a draft pick outside of very deep NL-only leagues.
Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen could not get out of the fifth inning during Monday's 13-6 win over the Cubs and received a no-decision as a result. Lorenzen allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked one. His ERA is now 5.66. Lorenzen's last win came on June 21.
The Reds recalled starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen from Triple-A Louisville on Monday. To clear a roster spot, starting pitcher David Holmberg was optioned to Louisville.
As expected, the Reds have demoted starter David Holmberg to Triple-A Louisville and brought up Michael Lorenzen, who will pitch Monday against the Cubs, per MLB.com. Holmberg struggled mightily after three strong outings with Cincinnati. He allowed 18 runs on 23 hits over his last 10 2/3 innings. Lorenzen compiled a 3-8 record and 5.46 ERA in his previous stint with the Reds, but has performed much better recently in the minors.
The struggles of Reds starter David Holmberg are likely to benefit Michael Lorenzen, who could assume his place in the rotation as early as Monday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com. Lorenzen has been tearing it up at Triple-A Louisville. He is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings over his last three starts. His last effort was a one-hitter over eight innings. Holmberg has been going in the opposite direction with a 15.19 ERA over his past three outings. He was pounded for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in his last performance. The only problem for Lorenzen is an innings limit that Bryan Price placed at 150-155 innings. He has thrown 133 2/3 combined with Cincinnati and Louisville this season.
The Reds optioned right-hander Michael Lorenzen to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. The young hurler got roughed up in his outing against the Padres on Tuesday, allowing seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Though the team hasn't specified how long Lorenzen will be down for, he could realistically be called back up when the rosters expand on September 1. His demotion clears a spot for fellow rookie John Lamb, who will start and make his Major League debut on Friday.