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