CINCINNATI -- In a move that had been expected for several days, the Reds revealed that Raisel Iglesias will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Wednesday's game against the Braves. A corresponding roster move to make room for Iglesias is still pending.
The Reds had a gap in their rotation following a rainout on Friday against the White Sox, which was made up as a doubleheader on Saturday. Manager Bryan Price didn't want any of his starters to work on short rest.
In four starts for Louisville, Iglesias was 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA. In 21 1/3 innings, he gave up 21 hits and seven walks while striking out 11. The 25-year-old, who defected from Cuba and arrived in the United States last year, made his Major League debut on April 12 against the Cardinals. He gave up three earned runs and five hits over five innings with two walks and four strikeouts in a no-decision before St. Louis won, 7-5, in 11 innings. Iglesias retired 11 of the first 12 batters in that game.
The Reds optioned Iglesias to Louisville after the one start because Homer Bailey was ready to return to the rotation at the time.
"He's been fine," Price said Tuesday about Iglesias' work in the Minors. "He's been throwing strikes. He's been changing arm angles. He's going through the same growing pains, at times, that young pitchers do -- losing feel for that particular arm slot every now and again or relying on it a little bit too much.
"It's transitioning back to starting, having to get through that lineup three or four times and negotiate a lineup of hitters several at-bats per game. But he's been doing great. Everybody has been excited about his development. There's really no negatives."
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