The Cincinnati Reds will go with an eight-man bullpen after promoting right-handed relief pitcher Layne Somsen from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
The Reds sent outfielder Kyle Waldrop, who was only with the team for one game Sunday and didn’t play, back to Louisville.
The Reds will start a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park with Somsen, Tony Cingrani, Caleb Cotham, JC Ramirez, Blake Wood, Steve Delabar, Drew Hayes and Ross Ohlendorf in the bullpen.
The bullpen has allowed at least one run in 25 of the last 26 games and ranks last in baseball with a 6.59 ERA. No other bullpen has an ERA worse than 4.88. The bullpen has also pitched the second-most innings in baseball (116), and Price said Sunday they might need more help because the bullpen has been overworked.
“Right now we’re not getting (enough innings) from the starters and the quality from the bullpen,” said Price after a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. “We just have to get better, or all these guys are going to be gassed by the time we get to June 1 at this pace. We’ll have to look at potentially at an eight-man bullpen. We certainly have to perform better to where we don’t have to continually to try to find the hot hand. All these guys are pitching too much.”