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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Collin Balester To Bolster Bullpen. Manny Para To DL

The Reds aching bullpen with get a jolt of adrenaline.

The team selected the contract of RHP Collin Balester from Triple A Louisville.

LHP Manny Parra was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday with tendinitis in his left biceps and shoulder.
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The Reds designate right-handed pitcher Don Roach for assignment. Roach was in the starting rotation at Louisville but Tony Cingrani was recently placed in that role.

Balester, 29, was drafted by Montreal in their last draft in 2004 with the fourth round pick. He was 3-7 in 15 starts as a rookie in 2008 for the Washington Nationals. Balester made seven starts with Washington in 2009 but has since made 51 appearances out of the bullpen, last pitching in the Major Leagues in 2012 with Detroit.

Balester started this season in the Pittsburgh organization before signing with the Reds.

Balester was 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 11 saves for Double A Altoona, Triple A Indianapolis and Louisville. With Bats he pitched in 21 games with no record, a 2.05 ERA and seven saves.

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