Reds activate closer Iglesias from DL

Bailey officially moved to bullpen; Winker odd man out with OF rotation put on hold

May 30th, 2018

PHOENIX -- The Reds activated closer on Wednesday from the 10-day disabled list after he recovered from a strained left biceps in his left, non-pitching arm.
To make room for Iglesias, the Reds optioned pitcher to Double-A Pensacola. Reyes did not pitch for the team during his one-day callup on Tuesday.
"I want to go out there and help the team. I feel like I felt at the beginning of the season," Iglesias said through translator Julio Morillo. "Right now, I feel good. Everything is going good for me."
In 20 appearances entering the day, Iglesias had a 2.08 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP and eight saves. The last time he pitched, May 19 vs. the Cubs, he blew a save by giving up two runs, both earned, and three hits. Cincinnati placed him on the DL on May 23, retroactive to May 20.
Despite the injury being to his left arm, it affected Iglesias' delivery and ability to follow through on his pitches. He threw in a side bullpen session on Monday, and it went well.

"I feel strong. All the pain in biceps went away," Iglesias said. "The doctors say it's fine. I had tendinitis on my biceps. It's gone. I did a bullpen session. Everything was fine. Right arm is strong now. I'm going to go out and take care of business."
With Iglesias back, it marks the first time all season that interim manager Jim Riggleman has the four-reliever back-of-the-bullpen setup that the Reds planned on having entering the season in Iglesias, , Jared Hughes and .
"It's really strengthened us from the sixth inning on," Riggleman said.
Bailey to bullpen is official
After indicating on Tuesday that veteran starting pitcher Homer Bailey was likely coming out of the rotation and going to the bullpen, Riggleman revealed it was a done deal on Wednesday.
"Basically, we just laid it out there to him that, 'We're going to put you in the bullpen,'" Riggleman said. "We know it's going to be a real adjustment physically and mentally, but that's where it is right now. We'll just see when he's available to pitch. Hopefully, it's this weekend."
Through a team spokesman, Bailey declined to comment about the move until he had enough time to digest how things would work.

Riggleman expected that Bailey would have a middle-relief role, especially if a starter has a shorter outing.
In 12 starts this season, Bailey is 1-7, and his 6.68 ERA is the worst in the National League among qualified starters (White Sox righty 's 7.53 mark is the highest in the Majors). Bailey is the Major League leader in hits allowed (81), and the NL leader with 15 home runs allowed. Over his past seven starts, he has a 9.37 ERA.
Winker odd man out again
Outfielder last started a game on Sunday at Colorado, as it appears the Reds' four-man outfield rotation -- in effect for most of the season -- is on hold. Riggleman, general manager Nick Krall and senior advisor Buddy Bell met on Tuesday and determined the team should go with and in the corner spots for a few days while mans center field. None of the four outfielders have been able to sustain any consistent offense for an extended stretch.
So why was Winker, a 24-year-old homegrown prospect, the odd man out?
"Schebler and Duvall's defense is probably a little bit ahead of Winker. It's just kind of a decision where we're at right now," Riggleman said.

The Reds are mindful that they don't want to stunt Winker's development by not giving him everyday at-bats. But they also want to get the more veteran hitters going at the plate.
"We have to weigh in on what we know Schebler and Duvall have done at the big league level and kind of weigh all of those circumstances," Riggleman said. "That's why we had the four-man rotation to begin with, Winker has done enough in the Minor Leagues, he came up here last year, did a nice job. You can't ignore, though, that the other two guys did hit 30 homers last year. [With] our record as what it is, it's not working. We have to try something else."