The Cincinnati Reds made a series of moves on Wednesday, largely aimed at bolstering a bullpen that has been historically bad through the first month and a half of the season.
IF/OF Jose Peraza and RHP Layne Somsen have been optioned to Class AAA Louisville...— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 18, 2016
...RHP Homer Bailey (right elbow) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 18, 2016
...RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70) has been recalled from Louisville, the contract of RHP Keyvius Sampson (#48) has been selected from Louisville...— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 18, 2016
Homer's move to the 60-day DL is nothing more than procedural to open a 40-man roster spot for the time being, seeing as the 60 day threshold from the beginning of the season is roughly two weeks away. The setback he had in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last year will have him out at least that long as is. Jose Peraza's option back to AAA is just as unsurprising, seeing as the team wants him to play every day to continue his development, and that opportunity isn't currently available at the big league level at this time. (In fact, had the Reds not been in an AL park against the Cleveland Indians the last two days with the DH spot available, it's likely Peraza would've been optioned upon Billy Hamilton's return from the bereavement list.)
As for the bullpen moves, both Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson have been lights-out in their respective stints in Louisville, and the hope is that the form that landed them big league spots in the bullpen on Opening Day has returned with them. Diaz was optioned to AAA on April 19th after posting a 1.65 WHIP and 5.40 ERA in his 8 appearances, and while those weren't what the Reds were hoping for, they're actually pretty solid in comparison to what his peers have done since he left. Similarly, Keyvius Sampson was sent down on April 17th after allowing 4 ER in his 3 big league IP, and he was later designated for assignment to allow the call-up of Drew Hayes. He stuck around with Louisville, though, and his sub-1.00 WHIP was enough to get him a second chance in the struggling pen.
Layne Somsen will head back to Louisville with hopes he can flush most of his big league call-up down the loo, as the 27 year old was tagged for 5 ER in just 2.1 IP in his pair of appearances with the Reds.