Sims (elbow) will make his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Sims is ready to begin the final phase of his recovery process from the right elbow sprain that has kept him on the shelf for the past month. He'll likely need to make at least two appearances at Louisville before rejoining the Reds, but once activated, Sims should factor into the late-inning mix for the big club. Before the injury cropped up, Sims registered seven saves in nine chances on the season, but he'll likely be behind Heath Hembree in the bullpen pecking order upon returning.
Sims (elbow) will join Triple-A Louisville for a rehab assignment next week, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
An elbow sprain sent Sims to the injured list June 24 after he'd posted a 5.02 ERA and 44:15 K:BB in 28.2 innings of relief. The righty had settled into a closing role prior to the injury, though he may yield such responsibilities to Tejay Antone (forearm) once the latter ultimately returns from the injured list. It's unclear how much rehab work Sims will require, but an activation around the start of August still appears realistic.
Sims (elbow) isn't expected to return before August, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Sims has been out with a sprained elbow since late June. The injury was originally expected to cost him three or four weeks, but it now looks likely to keep him out for closer to six. He reportedly hasn't suffered a setback, however, so it's possible the initial timeline was simply overly optimistic.
Sims (elbow) is expected to return from the injured list in late July, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The right-hander was expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks after landing on the injured list with an elbow sprain June 24, and it appears he'll be out through the end of that initial timeline and perhaps a bit longer. It's unclear if Sims has resumed throwing since landing on the shelf.
Sims' elbow sprain is expected to keep him out for 3-to-4 weeks, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The news certainly could have been a lot worse for the Reds, as this is Sims' second elbow issue of the year. He battled an elbow problem over the offseason and didn't appear in a Cactus League game until nearly the end of spring training. The given timeline means he'll return just after the All-Star break at the earliest and potentially not until late July. Sims had been the leading member of the Reds' closer committee, so other members of that committee such as Tejay Antone and Amir Garrett should see more opportunities in the ninth inning until he returns.
Sims was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a sprained right elbow.
Elbow issues are always worrisome for any pitcher, and they're especially worrisome for Sims, as he dealt with elbow troubles throughout the offseason and most of spring training. After a slow start to the season, he'd begun to settle down, allowing just one run over a stretch of 11 appearances while posting an 18:4 K:BB, but he was lit up for three runs while failing to record a single out Tuesday against the Twins. He leads the Reds in saves with seven, though the team has stuck with a committee approach, so fellow committee members Tejay Antone and Amir Garrett should pick up most of the slack going forward.
Sims allowed a hit and struck out four over 1.1 innings to earn the save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Milwaukee.
Pitching for the third time in four days, Sims was able to lock down his seventh save of the year with little trouble. The 27-year-old has a 4.23 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB across 27.2 innings this season. He remains the favorite for save chances, but Amir Garrett could get a ninth-inning assignment soon given Sims' heavy workload recently.
Sims (4-1) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to pick up the win in a 2-1 extra-innings victory over the Brewers.
The Reds finally broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the 10th inning, making Sims the pitcher of record. The right-hander is locked in right now, racking up five saves in six chances in addition to Tuesday's win over his last nine appearances, a span during which he's pitched to a 0.93 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 13:3 K:BB through 9.2 innings.
Sims notched his sixth save of the season Sunday against the Cardinals by tossing a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and fanning two.
Sims has been quite busy of late but has been very effective, notching five saves over his last six outings and not allowing a single earned run during that stretch. The right-hander, who owns a 4.70 ERA on the season, has gone 6-for-7 in save chances.
Sims allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings to earn the save in the win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Sims entered the eighth inning with a two-run lead, and he was able to shut the door on St. Louis to secure the win despite allowing the tying runner to reach base during the ninth inning. This was the 27-year-old's first multi-inning save of the season. Cincinnati's closer situation is complicated, as there has only been 11 saves to go around so far this season between five Reds relievers. Sims leads the team with just four saves in five save chances.
Sims struck out one batter in a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Thursday en route to his third save of the season.
After Sonny Gray went six scoreless, Sims took the ball and completed the shutout on 11 pitches (this was a seven-inning contest played following the conclusion of Wednesday's suspended game). Sims has endured some bumps in the road this season and sits with a 6.00 ERA, but with saves in back-to-back appearances, he appears to be the 1a option at closer for the Reds. Tejay Antone recently described his role as "mid-game closer," per the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Sims picked up his second save of the season Tuesday against the Nationals by retiring the only batter he faced.
Sims was tasked with recording the final out of the game, and he accomplished that feat by forcing Starlin Castro to ground out. The right-hander reliever has now gone 2-for-3 in save chances this season, but this outing allowed him to get back on track following a woeful effort in his last appearance. He's given up seven runs (six earned) while posting an 11:4 K:BB across 7.2 innings of work this month.
Sims (3-1) gave up two runs (one earned) in the 11th inning of Saturday's win against the Rockies but got the win when the Reds scored two more runs in the 12th inning.
This wasn't a save chance for Sims, as it was his second inning in the game, but the outing essentially functioned as a blown save with Sims trying to protect a lead. Sims gave up three walks in his two innings, and one of those came around to score along with the ghost runner on a double by Josh Fuentes. Sims at least stabilized after that to keep the game tied, allowing the Reds to rally one more time.
Sims (2-1) pitched two perfect innings and struck out four, earning the win in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Pirates.
The righty reliever posted his best outing to date in what's been a difficult season thus far. His ERA, now 5.54, has been inflated by three bad, multi-run outings. That being said, Sims is part of what's overall been an underwhelming bullpen and continues to pitch in close games, which leads to opportunities for winning decisions like he earned Wednesday.
Sims was called upon to finish the ninth Friday against the Cubs but couldn't record the final out, eventually giving way to Tejay Antone for the save. He walked three while retiring two batters.
While Sims was wild in the outing (only 13 strikes on 27 pitches), he twice had what appeared to be potential game-ending third strikes instead called balls by home plate umpire Marty Foster. Given the number of pitches Sims threw, it's possible that he won't get the next save chance if one arises on Saturday.
Sims (0-1) took the loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and a walk in an inning of work. He struck out two.
Sims put out a small fire in the ninth inning, retiring Eduardo Escobar and Asdrubal Cabrera to keep the game tied. Things did not go so well when Sims returned for the 10th. Amir Garrett (16.20 ERA) does not appear long for the closer job given his struggles, and Sims now has a 6.43 ERA after this outing, so the saves picture is clouded in Cincinnati. Tejay Antone and Sean Doolittle are two other candidates.
Sims earned his first save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Giants on Monday, striking out the only batter he faced.
Sims entered with a man on second and two outs in the ninth. The 26-year-old did his job, as he struck out Evan Longoria to end the game. The Reds haven't really established a clear-cut closer just yet, as Sims and Amir Garrett have had two save chances apiece through the first 10 games of the year. Sims is now 1-for-2 on save opportunities; he surrendered a game-tying two-run homer against the Diamondbacks on April 9. He's been perfect otherwise and currently owns a 4.91 ERA and 6:1 K:BB across 3.2 innings.
Sims pitched a perfect eighth to earn a hold in his first outing of the season Monday against the Pirates. He struck out one.
Meanwhile Amir Garrett got the Reds' first save chance and was a little shaky while converting it, allowing a homer and two other baserunners before getting the final out. If Garrett, who threw 25 pitches, needs a day off, it's possible Sims could get the next chance on Tuesday.
Sims and Amir Garrett will both be considered closers to start the season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Sims is a righty while Garrett is a lefty, which could mean Sims sees slightly more than half the save chances early on. The Reds haven't said they'll refrain from using a traditional closer all year, however, so whoever pitches better in their first few opportunities could well wind up as a true closer for most of the year.
Sims allowed two runs on three hits in his spring training debut Tuesday, all after retiring the first two batters, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "The breaking ball was really good today," Sims said. "I know I gave up a hit or two on it, but those are easier adjustments. Those are kind of more location, maybe pitch selection."
All in all, it wasn't bad for his first outing. Sims was hitting 92-94 mph with his fastball, which is at the low end of his range from last season, but he should ramp up his velocity as he goes along. Amir Garrett, meanwhile, looked dominant in his one inning, striking out the side, so he might be a little ahead of Sims in the closer's job battle. That said, manager David Bell may not use a full-time closer, instead mixing and matching with Garrett and Sims.
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