Peralta left Saturday's game in the eighth inning with what appeared to be a right hip injury, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Peralta will likely be unavailable Sunday, and will undergo further evaluation when the team returns to Cincinnati on Monday. It was clear something wasn't quite right Saturday when Peralta allowed four earned runs and only recorded one out, and it now seems as if the problem might have been something physical. There hadn't been much fantasy appeal here to start with, though Peralta has collected a career-best 13 holds this season. Consider the reliever day-to-day.
Peralta (3-4) gave up three runs on four hits while recording just two outs against the Cubs on Tuesday, sticking him in the loss column.
He's been one of the bright spots in Cincy's bullpen this year, but Peralta has had his stats damaged by a few blowups like this one. The 26-year-old lefty can't be expected to provide much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues that count holds.
Peralta has struck out 38 in 40.2 innings with an ERA of 3.10.
The Reds' young reliever has been pretty successful keeping batters off base with a low WHIP of 0.93. Despite the sub-1.00 mark, the five long balls have been part of what's gotten to the Dominican reliever. The velocity is high, a good indicator that Peralta's stats, specifically strikeouts, should improve as he continues to get experience in the majors.
Peralta has allowed runs in his last two outings and multiple baserunners in his last three outings.
In what seems to be a related note, Peralta leads the Reds in appearances, pitching in 32 games so far this season. After an electric start, he has given up five runs in his last two outings, raising his ERA to 3.73. His drop in performance is a microcosm of the Reds' overworked bullpen, as they have worked a greater percentage of their team's innings than any other major league team.
Peralta has struck out 28 in 23.1 innings this season with an ERA of 3.09.
Peralta's WHIP after the first two months sits at 0.94, down from his 2.45 mark in 7.1 innings last year. His efficiency at keeping guys off base does not come too much as a surprise. Almost every time Peralta has been promoted in the Reds' farm system, he has lowered his WHIP from his previous stop. However, his career best came last year for Triple-A Louisville when it was 1.16, so whether or not he can continue to keep batters off base at this rate in the majors should be looked at with a bit of skepticism.
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