Bedrosian gave up three runs on three hits Friday night against the Diamondbacks while recording only two outs. Bedrosian's appearance changed the tenor of Friday's game. The Reds were cruising, ahead 5-0, before Bedrosian allowed the three runs in the seventh. He can be excused for being a little rusty, having not pitched for six days prior to this outing.
The Reds selected Bedrosian's contract Monday. The transaction clears the way for Bedrosian to join the Reds' Opening Day bullpen after he was able to impress while attending spring camp as a non-roster invitee. Over 8.2 innings, Bedrosian was charged with four earned runs, but he held opponents to a .103 average while generating 16 strikeouts. He could factor into the setup mix in front of the Reds' top closing candidates, Amir Garrett and Lucas Sims.
Bedrosian had three strikeouts and a walk in a scoreless inning Monday against the Rockies, building on his debut last week in which he struck out the side. His fastball sat at 90-91 mph, touching 92 mph, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bedrosian actually threw a little harder last season, averaging 92.3 mph for the Angels, but he struggled to convert that into strikeouts -- just 11 in 14.2 innings. It was a bit of a surprise that the Angels let him walk and the Reds were able to sign him to a minor-league deal. So far, he's done well to make the case that he belongs on the team.
Bedrosian joined the Reds as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. It's something of a surprise to see Bedrosian stuck with a minor-league deal, as he owns a career 3.70 ERA in seven big-league seasons and posted a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings last season. He benefited from a .244 BABIP, however, and his unimpressive 11:6 K:BB may have scared teams off. If he impresses in camp, he'll have a good chance to win a bullpen role and could even have an outside chance to pitch in a high-leverage role for a Reds team that traded away closer Raisel Iglesias in December.
Bedrosian has cleared waivers and been released by the Angels after refusing an outright assignment to the minors. The right-hander missed nearly all of August but posted a 2.45 ERA over 14.1 innings this season. Bedrosian has been a staple in the Angels' bullpen with a 3.20 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 234 games over the past five seasons, so he figures to garner some interest in the open market as a solid reliever.
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