Reds starters haven’t lasted more than 7 2/3 innings, and the Reds have used at least two relievers in every game.
“We’ve had some short outings from the starters at times,” manager Bryan Price said, “and we’ve been trying to keep these games close with the bullpen. Guys have been used a lot. It’s just that time of year to have an eight-man bullpen. It just makes more sense right now with as much as I’ve asked these guys to do over the course of the last week or 10 games.”
When the Yankton, S.D., native Somsen pitches, it will be his big-league debut. The Reds promoted him when Jay Bruce was on paternity leave April 25-27, but he didn’t pitch in three games against the Mets in New York City.
There’s little doubt Somsen will get his chance soon. He had a 1.29 ERA in eight appearances and 14 innings with the Bats.
“I’m a little bit more comfortable,” said Somsen of his second stint with the Reds. “Being in the major leagues and having that experience is going to help me today as long as I stay up here.”