Reed was sent down to Triple-A Louisville prior to Friday's game.
Reed appeared in four games for the big-league club over the past few weeks, logging a 5.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a 7:1 K:BB over five innings. He did make a spot start against the Phillies on April 9, but allowed three earned runs in as many frames, further solidifying his status as a bullpen arm instead of a potential rotation piece. In a corresponding move, the club activated Scott Schebler (elbow) from the 10-day disabled list.
Reed is no longer expected to start Saturday against the Cardinals, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Reed had been listed as the Reds' probable starter for that game, but manager Bryan Price said Brandon Finnegan (biceps) will likely take the hill instead. It was more of the same for Reed in his 2018 debut, as he gave up two homers in three innings against Philadelphia (2.24 HR/9 for career). The Reds might as well just put him in the bullpen, because at this point there's little reason to think Reed will ever develop into a viable big-league starter.
Reed is listed as the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
The lefty flopped in his 2018 debut, allowing two homers in three innings against Philadelphia, continuing a trend from past stints in the big leagues. However, the Reds need to buy Brandon Finnegan (biceps) some more time and they do not have many viable alternatives. Reed has been able to miss bats at a decent clip, but the downside is significant, especially when he's at home at Great American Ball Park.
Reed was charged with five runs (three earned) on four hits -- including two homers -- over three innings against Philadelphia on Monday. He struck out four, walked one and did not factor into the decision.
It was a predictable result -- Reed has struggled mightily in previous stints at the big-league level, posting a HR/9 mark north of 2.0 and a BB/9 north of 5.0. He pitched primarily out of the bullpen last season and that's likely where he's headed with Brandon Finnegan (biceps) nearing a return. He makes for a logical cut, even in 12-team NL-only leagues.
Reed is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Phillies, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Reed's first start of the season was postponed due to inclement weather, but he'll get another chance to toe the rubber with Brandon Finnegan (biceps) still not quite ready to return. The 24-year-old has struggled to find his footing in brief major-league stints over the previous two seasons, compiling a combined 6.75 ERA across 65.1 innings (11 starts), so expectations should be tempered. He'll likely head to the bullpen or Triple-A Louisville once Finnegan is ready to return, which could happen later next week.
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