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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sal Romano Makes First Major League Start Against The Milwaukee Brewers

The Reds recalled Sal Romano and Tim Adleman from Triple A Louisville this morning.

Jesse Winker, who had his first Major League hit on Saturday, was optioned back to Louisville. The Reds placed Brandon Finnegan on the 10-day disabled list with a strained .

“It’s been reported as a Lat strain. It’s not, it’s a Trap, a Trapezius major or minor, one of the two, pick out which one you like the best,’ Bryan Price said. “The reason I say this is that Johnny Cueto had a Lat strain back in 2013 and it was a tenuous injury, something that was hard to get under wraps. With this particular injury with Brandon we can realistically expect him to be back here in a few weeks. But, it’s not going to be one or two weeks and he’ll be back in the mix. At least two to three weeks of rest. This is something they can re-scan and check on the healing and decide if he can start throwing”.

Romano is starting in place of Rookie Davis, who was hit with a pitch on his right forearm.

Adleman will work out fo the bullpen for now.  The Reds have a choice between Adleman, Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson to pitch when Finnegan’s turn comes up against the Cubs on Friday.

“Right now, Sal’s here to start and Tim’s (Adleman) here to pitch out of the bullpen,” Price said.. “That’s how we line up. We know that we have Cody and Robert here as well that are big candidates. We don’t know what’s happening with Rookie and whether he’ll be able to slot back in when he’s supposed to come off on the 22nd. So, there’s a lot of things up in the air. Most of the candidates that could slot into the rotation are already here. We’ve just to figure out what our best group looks like and how to slot them in there and continue to get the starters/relievers enough regular work to warrant them staying here. That will be challenge.”

Romano statistically had a better spring than Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis but he was sent to Louisville to work on his change up.  He pitched 13 innings in two starts at Louisville, allowing one run on 11 hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.  In Romano’s last start against Toledo, he pitched seven scoreless innings.

“Sal threw 12 to 13 change ups in his last start,” Price said. “We had a need but we think he is ready for this.”

Adleman allowed two runs over seven innings in his only start at Louisville.  He allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out six.

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