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Reds promote Reed for bullpen depth

Mella optioned to Triple-A Louisville in corresponding move
August 13, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Cody Reed has been on a very good stretch of starts for Triple-A Louisville lately -- 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last four starts -- but there is no vacancy in a Reds big league rotation that is already brimming with six starters.But Reed

CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Cody Reed has been on a very good stretch of starts for Triple-A Louisville lately -- 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last four starts -- but there is no vacancy in a Reds big league rotation that is already brimming with six starters.
But Reed found himself back in the Majors again on Monday, recalled from Louisville to be available from the bullpen. Keury Mella was optioned to Louisville as the corresponding move after he threw 47 pitches in two innings Sunday and allowing three home runs in a 9-2 loss to Arizona.
Reed was not disappointed that he wasn't brought up to start games.
"I'm in the big leagues now, so it's not frustrating," Reed said. "Last time I was here for a couple of hours, so hopefully it's a little longer than that. Whatever role they want me to be in, I don't care as long as I'm up here."
Reed was on the Opening Day roster as a reliever and went back to Louisville in April. On July 4, he was called up to be long-relief insurance the day after an extra-inning game but was not used and went right back down. Monday was his scheduled day to start for Louisville.
This time however, indications are that Reed will get a chance to stick around.
"I think this time he should feel like he doesn't have to go in there and dominate to stay," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We just want to give him a long look."
In 18 games (17 starts) overall for Louisville this season, Reed is 4-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 105 2/3 innings. He's allowed 31 walks while striking out 105. He has yet to put it all together for the big league club, going 1-8 with a 6.65 ERA in 26 games, including 12 starts, over parts of the past three seasons.
"He is another guy we have to continue to get information on moving forward," Riggleman said. "We feel like he can be another significant part of this ballclub in the future. He is young, but it is not like he is 21. It is time for him to come in and solidify a spot on the ballclub."
Three starts ago for Louisville, Reed pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out nine and then followed that outing with 8 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts. During his previous callup, he cited improved confidence and better mental attitude for his success. That remains one of his strengths over a month later.
"I like having the ball in the seventh inning. It feels good," Reed said. "I haven't made any adjustments really with my stuff or grips. I'm just really starting to trust it, going out there knowing that I'm better than the guy that's got a bat in his hand. That automatically has some sort of advantage in my favor. I'm just acting like I've got nothing to lose. It's helped me so far, especially with going deep in the game."
Schebler feels good after throwing
For the first time since his rehab assignment at Louisville was cut short because of persistent right shoulder soreness on Friday, Reds outfielder Scott Schebler resumed a throwing program. With third-base coach Billy Hatcher catching for him on the field at Great American Ball Park, Schebler made approximately 40 throws from a distance of 90 feet.

"I could actually throw it down at his waist, I could throw it down at his knees," Schebler said. "That's a good indication. It's just like pitching, when people get tired or you're hurt, you're throwing the ball up in the zone. Being able to finish throws and throw it down, kind of at his waist level, that was good, that was really good for a first day."
Schebler would likely resume his rehab assignment for a few games before the Reds activate him from the disabled list. He's been out since spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder from a crash into the wall on July 14 at St. Louis.

Most importantly, Schebler felt no pain or discomfort during or after throwing.
"Yeah, big breakthrough. No pain is really nice," Schebler said. "I'm excited to get back at this point. I'm not sure exactly the schedule as far as going forward, but I'm assuming it'll be pretty quick, now that there's no pain."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.