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Sunday, July 17, 2016

John Lamb Sent To Louisville Kyle Waldrop Returns To Reds' Bench

John Lamb was on his way to Louisville Sunday morning as the Reds brought up left-handed hitting outfielder Kyle Waldrop.

Lamb gave up a career-high nine runs in two innings to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.  He was one start removed from allowing eight earned runs against the Washington Nationals.

"There are expectations and I'm not meeting them," Lamb said after the 9-1 loss to the Brewers.

His next turn would come on Thursday which is an off day for the Reds.  Homer Bailey is close to returning and could be placed in his spot on the 26th in San Francisco.  Bailey has one more rehab start on Wednesday, and would be available to return to the Reds' rotation if he clears medical scrutiny.

However, the availability of Bailey is mostly coincidental to Lamb's demotion.

“We’ve got to get him pitching the way he’s capable of pitching," Bryan Price said of Lamb. "He knows. It wasn’t a big surprise. He’s had 14 starts. I believe strongly that he’s a better pitcher than he’s shown in his time here. We’ll use our Triple-A team to get him sharp”.

Who fills rotation spot?

“I don’t know the answer to that. Homer’s got another start to make for sure. We’ll contemplate two more. That’s yet to be defined. This move wasn’t made with the idea of Homer replacing John. We’ve got a bunch of off-days (coming up). There’s a lot of options on what we can do. I can’t even speculate. And, there’s no need to speculate just yet,” Price said.

Brandon Phillips was feeling better but Jose Peraza is starting at secondbase for the Reds.  Phillips was going to do some baseball activities and could be used in the game if necessary.  Waldrop adds a left-handed bat to the bench until the Reds need to call choose a pitcher.

“He’s better yesterday than he was the day before," Price said of Phillips.. "He won’t be in the lineup today. He’ll do some baseball activity to see if he can help us in some capacity today. Hopefully, he’ll be ready tomorrow. It's essentially a three-man bench. (Waldrop) did a nice job off the bench for us his last time here. You know I don't like for young players to come up here and sit on the bench for more than 10 to 14 days before getting back to getting regular at-bats.”

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