Manager Paul Molitor said Reed has been "at least temporarily" taken out of the setup role, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I'm going to use him when I think it's the right time. I'm not sure exactly when that's going to be right now." Reed has worked just once over the last eight days, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while recording just two outs. He now owns a 3.78 ERA and 1.35 WHIP across 33.1 innings this season after posting a shiny 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 76 innings last season, so Molitor will manage his usage in the coming weeks as he looks to get the right-hander back on track. Look for Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers to serve as the primary setup men to Fernando Rodney while Reed works through his issues.
Reed (1-5) took the loss Wednesday after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while recording just two outs against the Tigers. Reed entered to start the eighth with Minnesota up a run, and after retiring the first batter, he proceeded to give up hits to five of the next six to take the loss. It's been a rough couple of weeks for the 29-year-old; in his last seven outings, he's given up at least one run in five and has been charged with two losses and three blown saves in that span.
Reed gave up a home run in one inning in Friday's loss to the Angels. Reed has hit a rough patch that may be due to overuse, as he's appeared in 30 of Minnesota's first 60 games, giving up three home runs with two walks and just one strikeout in his last four innings over four appearances. He's seen a slight decline in his peripheral stats with a 8.5 K/9 and 1.7 HR/9, which has resulted in a 4.91 FIP vs. a 3.13 ERA. He's still generating enough strikeouts to be a solid setup man if his workload isn't an issue.
Reed is "doing much better" Wednesday after being sent home with strep throat Tuesday, manager Paul Molitor told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It's not clear if Reed will be available for Wednesday's day game against the Astros, but it doesn't sound like an ailment that will keep him out long.
Reed tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in relief during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates, but gave up a hit and walked three batters in the appearance. Reed maintains a spotless ERA through two appearances, but he'll need to improve his control in his subsequent outings to strengthen his case for replacing Fernando Rodney as closer. Rodney already has one strike against him after surrendering a walkoff home run Opening Day, but his long track record in the ninth inning will afford him a little more leeway before manager Paul Molitor seriously contemplates a change.