McGuire (1-1) earned the win over the Cubs on Sunday, allowing two hits while striking out two over five scoreless innings. He did not issue a walk.
McGuire got into the win column for the first time in his second career start, beating the NL Central champs who started most of their regulars. The right-hander induced eight swinging strikes on just 66 pitches, and finishes his first cup of coffee with an 11:2 K:BB in 13.2 innings. He's not a prospect -- he's 28 and has bounced around to five different organizations -- but the Reds are going to need guys to eat innings next year and McGuire may be in that mix.
McGuire (0-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Brewers. He allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out five over three innings.
McGuire displayed some early jitters in his first big-league start, giving up four runs in the opening frame on a walk and four hits, including a three-run home run off the bat of Domingo Santana. Two more runs came across in the third inning on a costly Scooter Gennett throwing error before McGuire was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the fourth. He'll get an opportunity to end his season on a positive note in his upcoming scheduled start against the Cubs on Sunday.
McGuire will make his first major-league start Tuesday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Rookie Davis was originally scheduled to take the mound Tuesday against the Brewers, but he has been shut down for the season with a hip impingement. His injury now opens up an avenue for McGuire to join the starting rotation over the final days of the regular season. The 28-year-old has tossed 5.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Reds in September and held a solid 2.79 ERA over 168 innings with Double-A Pensacola prior to his contract selection earlier this month. He'll face a tough matchup at hitter-friendly Miller Park on Tuesday, so he can comfortably be left off the fantasy radar.
McGuire's contract was selected from Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
He will get a late-season reward for posting a 2.79 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for the Blue Wahoos. While those are stellar numbers, this was a 28-year-old on a minor-league deal facing batters who were on average, four or five years younger than him. He will likely pitch in low-levarage situations out of the bullpen, but it's possible that he could receive a spot start or two.
McGuire agreed to a minor league contract with Cincinnati, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 27-year-old has yet to progress past Triple-A, likely attributable to his career struggles across parts of three seasons there. McGuire has a 5.26 ERA in 289.1 innings over that span, and will likely serve as organizational depth for the Reds in 2017.
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