Dusty Baker's nightmare continues.
The Reds were forced to place Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor mass strain in his right forearm. Broxton will need surgery.
The move allows the Reds to select the contract of RHP Nick Christiani from Louisville.
Christiani was the Reds' 13th round pick in the 2009 draft. The 25-year old was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and lives in Linden, New Jersey. Christiani is a 2005 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey. He was drafted by Cleveland out of Vanderbilt University in the 32nd round but did not sign.
Christiani was 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Louisville this season. He has pitched 53-1/3 innings with 46 strikeouts and 15 walks.
"Christiani has been throwing the ball well," Baker said. "Curtis Partch is just coming back from a triceps injury."
Baker had to pull Tony Cingrani out of a start on Tuesday with a lower back strain.
"This Broxton thing is kind of a downer," Baker said. "But you can't stay down too long. It's a pretty big blow. He was throwing 97, 96."
Baker had to use Aroldis Chapman to complete a two-inning save on Wednesday.
"I don't know who the closer is today but it won't be Chapman," Baker said.
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