The Reds made a bunch of moves to jumpstart a disappointing bullpen situation before the game on Sunday.
Jumbo Diaz optioned,— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 21, 2016
Keyvius Sampson optioned,
Steve Delabar DFA.
Reds promote RHPs Dayan Diaz, A.J. Morris, Josh Smith. Transfer to 60-day DL Anthony DeSclafani and Yorman Rodriguez.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 22, 2016
First, the name you know. Josh Smith made his debut in 2015, but this will be the first time we see him on the big club in 2016. He went 0-4 with a 6.89 ERA last year in 9 appearances, 7 of them starts. He's been starting for Louisville so far this year as well, going 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 8 starts. He'll likely be in the bullpen today just in case.
The other two relievers will be making their major league debuts when they appear in games. Dayan Diaz has been one of the best arms in Louisville so far this year, and had some chatter about making the team after a strong spring training as well. He signed in 2006 out of Venezuela and has spent time in the Astros, Cubs, and Red Sox organizations. He has a 1.88 ERA in Louisville so far this year in 14.1 innings of work.
A.J. Morris was a 4th round pick by the Nationals in 2009, and will be making his debut at 29. He spent the last two seasons in the Pirates organization, serving as the closer for the Indianapolis Indians for parts of 2015. He's been a swingman for the Bats this year, making 6 starts and 3 relief appearances, to the tune of a 2.70 ERA.