"I feel really good coming out of the bullpen," Iglesias said on Saturday via translator Julio Morillo. "I've got my routine now. Coming out of the bullpen is something I did when I was in Cuba.
"In the fourth inning, I stand up and start stretching and start doing my weights for the elbow and try to get ready. I try to be ready as soon as possible. When they call me into the game, I try to do my job the best I can do it."
Iglesias indeed was a successful reliever in Cuba for both his pro club and the national team, but the Reds signed him in 2014 to be a starter. In his rookie season last year, he went 3-7 with a 4.15 ERA in 18 games, including 16 starts. The Reds shut him down in mid-September, however, with fatigue in his right shoulder.
The 26-year-old Iglesias was Cincinnati's Opening Day starter this season and posted a 3.49 ERA in five starts before the shoulder problems resurfaced, and he was on the DL with an impingement from May 1 to June 20. That prompted the club to use him as a reliever the rest of this season; his role could be revisited ahead of next year.
In his four relief appearances, Iglesias has a 1.23 ERA with one earned run, three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. His four-seam fastball is averaging 96 mph, according to Pitch f/x, since his return. It was at 90 mph before the injury.
"My arm feels very good. I'm focused on trying to get people out, that's it," Iglesias said. "When I started I threw 100 pitches, and coming from the bullpen, it's just 20. It's easier to recover after 20 pitches. I feel like if they need me back-to-back, I can do it."
Position players pitching?
Because of heavy usage this week, the Reds' bullpen was shorthanded as Friday's game reached the 14th inning. In a 19-inning game the same night, the Blue Jays used two position players in a loss to the Indians.
The Reds haven't asked a position player to pitch since Skip Schumaker on Aug. 21, 2014. Manager Bryan Price sometimes watches his position players play catch and has seen them try a full windup.
"Little do they know that I'm actually doing some scouting," Price said, tongue in cheek ... but maybe just a little.
"You know your utility guys are going to be [possible]," Price added. "The best chance would probably be to see [Tyler Holt] or [Ivan De Jesus] in there. They may not know that yet, but they may now if you write it."