The Reds optioned Diaz back to Triple-A Louisville. Diaz gave up two homers Friday and two walks plus a wild pitch Saturday. Manager Bryan Price, describing how the Reds are fumbling about to build a bullpen, said that they were looking for pitchers that threw strikes and kept the ball on the ground, neither of which describes Diaz.
Diaz was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday. The Reds announced a series of moves Wednesday, adding both Diaz and Keyvius Sampson to the bullpen, while optioning Jose Peraza and right-hander Layne Somsen back to Louisville. Diaz has fared well at Triple-A since his demotion last month, allowing eight hits and no runs across 10.0 innings of relief.
Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Diaz has not fared well through eight appearances in the majors this season, allowing three home runs in just 6.2 innings of work. With recent call up Robert Stephenson set to start for Cincinnati on Tuesday, Diaz will move down in a corresponding roster transaction, but he figures to get another chance with the big league team at some point.
Diaz allowed a three-run homer to Addison Russell on Monday to blow a lead in the eighth inning. The Reds gave up five runs after the sixth inning Monday and have allowed 11 of their 23 runs allowed overall in the seventh or later, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Both Diaz and Tony Cingrani struggled Monday, and last week J.J. Hoover gave up a grand slam in the eighth inning against the Pirates. The Reds' bullpen picture remains ugly.
Diaz walked a batter but did not allow a hit in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Thursday. Working the sixth inning in relief of starter Robert Stephenson, Diaz walked Carlos Ruiz to start the frame but induced a double play and then got pitcher Brett Oberholtzer swinging. Diaz did not allow a hit or a walk over 1.1 innings on Opening Day. It remains to be seen how exactly the Reds' bullpen will be used when they have a lead late, but Diaz and lefty Tony Cingrani both probably deserve a share of the setup duties.