MILWAUKEE -- Reds left-hander Cody Reed hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 21, but he hasn't spent the last week entirely idle. Reed's work has been happening behind the scenes and in side bullpen sessions, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.
The key objective has been to correct some of Reed's mechanical issues and ultimately restore his command and confidence.
"We've been putting a priority in making sure that when he's done in September, he's got a good template moving forward, especially with the delivery," Price said before the Reds' game at Miller Park on Wednesday. "There are some things we've identified that we want to make sure are ingrained in him before he leaves here."
Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins have observed a throwing motion from Reed where his arm's rotation is too long, along with a stride to the plate that has opened and tilted his body toward the third-base side of the mound.
Between two stints with the Reds this season, Reed has a 5.40 ERA in 11 appearances (one start) with 11 hits, 19 walks and 16 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings. For Triple-A Louisville this season, he was 4-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) but led the International League in walks, hit batters and wild pitches.
"We're trying to get his posture back to where he's in a good position," Price said. "This kid, command really wasn't anything we were talking about when we got him over here [in the Johnny Cueto trade] and he was pitching in Double-A in 2015 and initial 8-10 starts in Triple-A in '16. But there are some habits he's gotten into that we've got to break and get him back on top of his game.
"Until the delivery is there, it's hard to expect him to make those consistent quality pitches that allow him number one to be effective, and number two to build that confidence back that was off the charts when we got him in 2015."
Schebler reaches 30 homers
During Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Brewers, Scott Schebler connected for his 30th home run of the season with a two-run shot to right field off Zach Davies. Schebler became the third Reds player to reach 30 homers this season and the seventh right fielder in Reds history to hit 30 or more in a season. The others are Jay Bruce (three times), Frank Robinson (three), Dave Parker (two), Wally Post (two), Ival Goodman and Ken Griffey Jr.
"I feel like I've battled, and to see that up there, it's a pretty proud moment, for sure," Schebler said.
Schebler has struggled during the second half after hitting 22 homers in the first half. He entered Wednesday batting .200 since the All-Star break.
"At the end of the day, the inconsistency of my game is still a problem," Schebler said. "It's a really cool feeling [to hit 30 homers], it was a goal of mine. But I've been too inconsistent. I'll have to get that fixed."