The only significant moves the Reds made this off season (if you can even call them “significant”) was signing reliever Jared Hughes and David Hernandez to bolster and/or help turn around a bullpen that’s struggled for more than just a season. Then, predictably, relievers started getting hurt.
Couple that with the stretches of games that Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler have missed already this season, and the injury bug was back in a big way with the Reds.
However, slowly, one by one, the Reds are getting back to full strength. And that continues today with the activation of David Hernandez.
The #Reds have returned from a rehab assignment and activated from the 10-day disabled list RHP David Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) and optioned to Class AAA Louisville IF/OF Phil Gosselin. pic.twitter.com/IaZaLRjWXd— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 27, 2018
After signing a two year Major League deal in the off season, it obviously was a pretty large blow to the Reds bullpen when he had to begin the season on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation. He split time last season with the Angels and Diamondbacks, throwing a total of 55 innings for a 3.11 ERA (143 ERA+).
In his minor league rehab he pitched 2.1 innings. He pitched them, he sure did. And appears to not have re-injured himself. Let’s not dwell on silly things like stats or numbers.
To make room on the roster, Phil Gosselin has been optioned to the Bats, so he’ll stay with the organization for now. So, in two days, the Reds have swapped out Phil Gosselin, Cliff Pennington, and Phil Ervin for Eugenio Suarez, David Hernandez, and Rosell Herrera.
Maybe this season will get turned around just yet.