The Reds still consider Reed, 23, a big part of their future plans despite his struggles. He’s 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts. They sent him to Louisville on Monday before the start of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.
Reed allowed six earned runs in one inning Sunday in a 7-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He left the game without getting an out in the second inning. Ryan Braun’s three-run home run spelled the end of Reed’s day, but probably not his season with the Reds. Price expects him back when rosters expand in September.
“I don’t see why he wouldn’t come back up,” Price said. “He’s going to be a piece of the future. I’d love to take a look at him after he spends a couple weeks in Triple-A. That will inevitably be an organizational decision.”
The Reds hoped Reed had turned a corner when he threw six scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 8. By sending him to Louisville, they give him a chance to work on his delivery, Price said, and they can better control his workload.
“He’s got to work on controlling the running game,” Price said. “He’s got to work on commanding the zone with his three-pitch mix and get back to the bottom of the zone with some angle on his pitches. He knows that.”