Jon Moscot pitching for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday is something we've known would happen for at least several days. What we didn't know, however, was what the Reds would do with their roster to get Moscot back on the 25-man before first pitch against the Colorado Rockies.
Turns out, they've placed Caleb Cotham on the 15-day DL with "right shoulder inflammation," according to The Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans.
Reds place Caleb Cotham (right shoulder inflammation) on DL to make room for RHP Jon Moscot— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 31, 2016
Moscot was 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 3 starts with the Reds before heading back to the 15-day DL on May 7th with an aggravation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder, an injury dating back to 2015 that eventually needed season-ending surgery. While with the Reds, he walked more per 9 innings (5.2) than he struck out (3.4) - fueling an ugly 7.58 FIP - but his history in the minors suggests those should hopefully normalize a bit given a bigger sample. Moscot mixed in some terrible with some brilliant in his 4 rehab starts, and his reward will be a return to the mound in the thin air of Coors Field on a night where lengthy rain delays are more than likely.
As for Cotham, his solid April (2.84 ERA in 12 appearances) gave way to a miserable May (12.34 ERA in 11 games), and the former New York Yankees draftee and piece of the Aroldis Chapman trade will now get a trip to the shelf to let his right shoulder hopefully recover quickly. His departure means that Daniel Wright will, for the time being, stick around as a bullpen option, as will journeyman AJ Morris.