Tim Melville was informed that he will be the Reds' starting pitcher on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Originally, the Reds planned to start Anthony DeSclafani but decided to allow the right-hander's left oblique to heal fully before he pitches.
Melville, who signed a minor league contract with the Reds over the winter, last pitched two weeks ago against Cleveland. He pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk. Yan Gomes, Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana homered off Melville to account for three of the runs.
Overall, Melville, pitched 17 1/3 innings this spring. He gave up 11 earned runs, walking five and striking out 14.