John Lamb’s jammed thumb costs Cincinnati Reds in loss

Cincinnati Reds starter John Lamb jammed his thumb during an at-bat in the fourth inning and left the game after four solid innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Add Lamb’s sprained thumb to the latest unfortunate incident in a season of bad luck for Reds pitchers. The Reds had a 4-1 lead when Lamb left the game. Three Reds relievers allowed four runs in the next four innings, and the Reds lost 5-4 to split the four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

“We were winning at that point,” Lamb said. “For me, that’s exciting, knowing that’s my goal and my job to keep us in it. That’s where the frustration kicks in. You can’t really control that.”

Lamb returned to the mound in the top of the fifth but quickly realized the pain would prevent him from pitching. He’ll get an MRI on Monday and remains optimistic he’ll make his next start Saturday in Philadelphia.

“Everyone gets jammed from time to time,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It stings for a bit and then wears off. Our thought was with a little bit of time, it would wear off, but it was something a little more significant.”

Roster move: The Reds promoted outfielder Kyle Waldrop from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday and sent outfielder Scott Schebler to Louisville.

Waldrop hit .228 with four home runs in 22 starts with the Bats. He made his big-league debut last season in a brief appearance with the Reds (July 31-Aug. 3). He struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat.

Schebler, whom the Reds acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in December in the three-way trade that sent Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox, appeared in 27 games for the Reds. He hit .188 in 64 at-bats with one home run and eight RBIs.

Next game: The Reds begin a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. Monday at Great American Ball Park. Dan Straily (1-1, 3.56 ERA) will make his fourth start, and his second against the Pirates. He allowed two earned runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss April 29 in Pittsburgh.

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