After getting knocked around for 5 ER in just 3.1 IP in his first pair of Cactus League apperances, Cody Reed has settled in rather nicely since the calendar turned to March. The Cincinnati Reds lefty has allowed 6 hits and a lone walk in 5.0 IP over his last 3 outings, with 4 Ks and nary a run allowed. He’s fresh off the most dominant outing of his camp, too, having fanned 3 in 2.0 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on March 12, an appearance that saw him pound the zone and hit his spots about as well as we’ve seen from him in his career with the Reds.
He’ll be up against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in his first start of the spring, obviously looking to continually impress the Reds’ brass now that injuries have opened up most potential spots on the Opening Day pitching staff. On their end, the Giants will be sending a split-squad to Goodyear for the game, as they’ll also be hosting the Oakland Athletics at their home in Scottsdale.
Wandy Peralta, David Hernandez, Zack Weiss, and Oliver Perez are among the pitchers listed as available to back Reed on the day.
First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET. There is no TV feed, however.
San Francisco Lineup
- The Reds made another round of cuts earlier on Saturday. Kyle Crockett and Jimmy Herget were reassigned to Louisville, whereas rostered player Stuart Turner was optioned to Louisville. That should end the sliver of a chance that the Reds will open the season carrying three catchers (as they did for much of last year due to Turner’s Rule 5 status).
- The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans has an update on LHP Brandon Finnegan, who apparently threw a bullpen session yesterday. According to Bryan Price, Finnegan could slot into the 5th starter’s role on either April 8th or 9th if he stays healthy and on his current schedule. Given the forearm scare of last weekend, that’s quite the positive development.
- As for Anthony DeSclafani, well, there’s been no concrete update on his timeline, because life is pain is life is pain is being a Reds fan is life is pain.