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Monday, September 7, 2015

Keyvius Sampson Will Start Wednesday Not Finnegan or Stephenson

The Reds will call up at least on member of the Louisville Bats' rotation on Tuesday.  The Bats season draws to a close after its game with Indianapolis this afternoon.

Tony Cingrani, David Holmberg, who is starting today, Josh Smith and Brandon Finnegan are already on the 40-man roster.  Robert Stephenson, who started the Bats' game Sunday night, is not on the 40-man roster, meaning the Reds would risk losing a player to add him.

Keyvius Sampson pitched just three innings in the second game of the Saturday night doubleheader.  The Reds are going to send him rather than Finnegan to the mound to face the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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"It looks like we'll go with Keyvius," Bryan Price said.. "With his three innings, he's best set to come back and pitch."

Sampson made a quality start in Arizona on August 8 and his next start was a five-inning stint in which he allowed two runs.  His last three starts have been less encouraging. Sampson allowed 17 runs in 14 innings.

"Part of it is figuring out where he's best suited," Price said.. "He has the pitches to start if he needs to. It's a matter of harnessing his command, like he did in his first two starts."

The Reds are getting close to shutting down Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias.

Lorenzen pitched 120 innings last season, his first as a starter. He has already logged 100 2/3 innings for the Reds and another 43 innings for Louisville.  Iglesias only pitched seven innings in the Arizona Fall League last year, a year removed from his defection from Cuba. He pitched 87 1/3 innings so far for the Reds and another 29 innings for Louisville.

The Reds want to increase their innings incrementally to stretch them our for the 162-game season.

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