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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Reds Juggle Pitchers Kevin Shackelford Set To Make Major League Debut

The Reds purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Shackelford from Triple A Louisville.

The Reds sent Austin Brice back to Louisville and designated Jake Buchanan for assignment to put Shakelford on the 40-man roster.

Shakelford had been the closer in Louisville and has pitched multiple innings fot the Bats.  He pitched in 27 games with a 2-0 record and a 1.53 ERA.  As a closer Shackelford saved 12 games.

‘It is good to have a guy brought up by performance and not just potential,” Bryan Price said. “He was doing a good job closing and will give us length too.”

Shackelford was drafted in the 21st round of the 2010 draft by the Brewers out of Marshall University where he was a catcher for two years before being converted to pitcher.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native came to the Reds in the Jonathan Broxton trade along with Barrett Astin on August 31, 2014.

Brice pitched two innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

“He wouldn’t be available for two days,” Price said. “That was a reason for the move.”

Brandon Finnegan left the game with the Cardinals after three innings with a strained triceps muscle in his left shoulder after coming off the disabled list.

“It just feels tight today,” Finnegan said.  “It is a different injury. I just had an MRI a couple days ago and I was 100 percent.”

The Reds delayed putting Finnegan on the disabled list even though he will certainly miss a start.  Brice would have to stay in the minor leagues for 10 days unless there is an injury. Putting Finnegan on the DL would qualify and allow the Reds to bring back Brice after the two-day rest.

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