There are still question marks for the Reds’ pitching staff. Bryan Price delayed rubber stamping Anthony DeSclafani as the opening day starter until some of the questions are answered.
One question surrounds right-hander Jon Moscot, who hasn’t pitched since March 11. Moscot was one of the front runners for the starting rotation before he strained his rib cage swinging a bat.
It happened two days before his scheduled start March 16 against Arizona.
“We thought he would still make that start,” Bryan Price, the Reds’ manager, said.
With rest, the Reds thought Moscot would make his start on the 21st but it took longer for the injury to heal.
“If I’m o.k., I’m going to start on Monday,” Moscot said before the session.
Moscot pitched in three games covering 8 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs on 12 hits and a walk. He struck out six.
Tim Melville will start against the Indians in a split-squad game on Saturday. He has been penciled into the rotation while Moscot’s situation is unclear.
“There are still too many variables to name a starting pitcher or our rotation,” Price said.
DeSclafani Roughed Up
Anthony DeSclafani, who is the logical choice for the opening day starter, was roughed up by the Texas Rangers on Thursday. He gave up two home runs to Justin Ruggiano, one to Mitch Moreland and one to Adrian Beltre. Altogether he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out six.
“I thought he threw the ball fine,” Price said. “I’m not a game-to-game guy unless you see something in attitude or lack of preparation. As far as results go, I would have to see a guy that was struggling. The mistakes he did make were hit out of the ballpark but I was not concerned with his stuff.”
Cody Reed Will Return
Cody Reed the Reds’ prized left-hander from the Johnny Cueto trade was sent to the minor league camp to work on a change up. He is expected to start the season in Triple A Louisville as part of the Bats rotation.
Reed gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks in 11 1/3 innings over four starts. He struck out 10.
“He couldn’t have been more impressive,” Price said. There was zero criticism. Having to make the tough decision about the immediate team. He was certainly one of our best starting pitchers. What is in the best interest of his longterm development. The feeling was, having a half season in Double A, touching Triple A, being better than the league. He can touch on developing his change up more liberally at that level. He should expect to be pitching in Cincinnati in 2016 and there is no time limit but it could be any time. He is a guy that could be effective in the bullpen but we want him to develop that change up. I believe that is the pitch that allows him to be a long tenured starting pitcher.”
Cozart, Mesoraco, Hamilton Healthy At Last
Zack Cozart has played in back-to-back games and will DH on Saturday. He has shown no ill effects from knee surgery last June.....Mesoraco had his hip repaired in June. He has played in four games and is hitting .444. His workload is increasing. He is expected to catch seven innings on Saturday....Billy Hamilton (shoulder) has also played in back-to-back games in the field.