The Reds made a couple of surprising moves on Saturday, finally providing some bullpen reinforcements to an overworked staff.
A lot here to digest.
The most surprising move here is that JJ Hoover is being sent to Louisville to get work while he fixes his delivery issues. Hoover started the year as the Reds' closer, but has racked up a 14.34 ERA in 12 appearances. He only ended up saving one game, a 9-8 win against the Cardinals on April 16th.
Also of note is the fate of Jon Moscot, who heads back to the DL. There were bright spots in all 3 of his starts, but an injury to his non-throwing shoulder has kept him sidelined for the last week. He's been in the bullpen for the past few days, but hasn't appeared in a game since his April 27th start.
Rejoining the Reds will be Drew Hayes, who we last saw on 5/2. He's only had one scoreless appearance at the major league level (out of 4), and he's sporting a 6.23 ERA in 4.1 innings in Louisville so far.
Steve Delabar also joins the team, and he'll make his Reds debut. Delabar is a great story, getting signed out of independent ball (including a stop right down the road in Florence) to making the All-Star team with the Blue Jays in 2013. He appeared in 31 games last year for the Jays with a 5.22 ERA. His ERA is at 2.19 to start the year with the Bats, so the 32-year-old should add another veteran arm to the 'pen. To make room, Devin Mesoraco was moved to the 60-day DL, which isn't a surprise given his season-ending labrum injury.