Mahle has been shut down for the rest of the season, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds will go with a rotation consisting of Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Jackson Stephens, Rookie Davis and Homer Bailey the rest of the way. Mahle, 22, has thrown 164.1 innings combined across three levels this season, building on his 150.2-inning workload from 2016. He had some issues with walks in four starts for the big-league club, but Mahle was solid otherwise and should be in the mix for a starting job in spring training.
Mahle (1-2) recorded his first big-league win Wednesday against the Cardinals, allowing four hits and three walks over five scoreless innings while striking out four.
The rookie right-hander now has a 2.70 ERA through four starts in the majors, and a 2.14 ERA across three levels in 2017. Mahle's 14:11 K:BB through 20 innings for the Reds does suggest he's been plenty lucky so far in the Show, though, making him a potentially risky play in a rematch with the Cards back in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Mahle (0-2) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two batters through just four innings during Thursday's loss to the Mets.
This was just the third start in the majors for the rookie, and he made only 10 appearances with Triple-A Louisville before joining the Reds. As a result, there aren't many fantasy settings where Mahle should be leaned on. He offers some long-term upside and has made significant strides this year, but he's still a raw talent at this stage of his career.
Mahle fired six scoreless innings Saturday against the Pirates, allowing just five hits while striking out three. He didn't factor into the decision.
Although he was somewhat erratic (just 65 of his 105 offerings went for strikes, and he hit a pair of batters), the pitching prospect managed to limit the traffic on the basepaths and keep the Buccos off the board. However, he was stuck with a no-decision thanks to the lack of production from Cincinnati on the evening. Mahle now has a 2.45 ERA on the season and seems to be in line to maintain a spot in the Reds' rotation as long as he isn't shut down in an effort to limit his workload. Should he make his next start as scheduled, he'll take on the Mets on the road.
After Mahle acquitted himself well in his MLB debut last weekend in limiting the Pirates to three runs on four hits and four walks over five frames, he'll get another crack at Pittsburgh, this time on the road. Since the 22-year-old has already accrued 149.1 innings this season between three levels, the Reds could look to shut him down at some point in September, but manager Bryan Price hasn't relayed that the rookie is on strict innings cap. Asher Wojciechowski was moved to the bullpen to accommodate Mahle's entry into the rotation.
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