Bonilla (elbow) was released by the Reds on Friday. Bonilla has been out for just over three weeks while dealing with right elbow inflammation, and will now be looking for a new home after being released by Cincinnati prior to Friday's game against the Pirates. During 10 appearances, and four starts, for the club this season, the right-hander had posted a 8.10 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with just a 28:22 K:BB in 36.2 innings. Even if the 27-year-old were to latch on with another club over the course of the next couple weeks, he may be forced to miss the rest of the 2017 season due to the elbow injury.
Bonilla has been sidelined since Aug. 6 with right elbow inflammation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The reason behind Bonilla's placement on the 10-day disabled list earlier this month was initially unclear, but manager Bryan Price recently noted that an MRI revealed the right-hander was nursing an elbow issue. There haven't been any reports that Bonilla has resumed a throwing program, and with just over a month remaining on the season, it's possible we've seen the last of the 27-year-old until next campaign.
Bonilla (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day DL on Thursday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Bonilla got the call to the majors Sunday, when he surrendered three earned runs across 2.2 innings. He hasn't pitched since, and the team now needs his roster spot to make way for the activation of Devin Mesoraco (paternity). The Reds did not disclose a specific ailment, but with no prior mention of injury, it seems unlikely this is a long-term concern. There's a chance Bonilla returns to long relief when eligible next Wednesday.
Bonilla was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. Bonilla was enlisted to provide relief for a taxed bullpen, but he wound up allowing three runs in two innings Tuesday. Now that he's likely unavailable to pitch for a couple days, he'll head back to the minors. Devin Mesoraco (back) was activated from the disabled list to fill his roster spot.
Bonilla isn't a candidate to start Friday's game against the Nationals and will instead serve as a long reliever for the big club, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The Reds decided to designate fifth starter Asher Wojciechowski for assignment as part of a wave of transactions Sunday. Although Bonilla was called up from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move, his addition was made with replenishing the bullpen in mind. Bonilla previously made four starts for the big club, but his 7.43 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 17:16 K:BB over 26.2 innings made manager Bryan Price reluctant to give him another trial in the rotation. Instead, it's likely that the Reds will call up one of Cody Reed or Robert Stephenson from Louisville to make a spot start Friday before Homer Bailey (elbow) is likely ready to join the rotation the following week.
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