CINCINNATI -- Following mostly struggles during his first Major League experience with the Reds -- including a particularly poor start Sunday, pitcher Cody Reed was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Outfielder Kyle Waldrop was recalled from Louisville to take Reed's spot on the 25-man roster before Monday's 6-3 loss to the Marlins.
Reed, 23, is 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts for Cincinnati with 67 hits, 19 walks and 12 homers allowed in 47 2/3 innings. During Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Brewers, the left-hander gave up six earned runs with five hits and three walks and did not record an out in the second inning.
Overall, Reed struggled to effectively command his fastball and slider with any consistency. As the losses initially accumulated, manager Bryan Price had maintained that Reed needed to learn at the big league level, but that was no longer doable.
"There's definitely some work to do with the delivery," Price said. "In Triple-A, you can take some chances and you can utilize a game as a vehicle to work on something. Here it really is you play to win every single moment."
In all likelihood, Reed will return when rosters can expand in September. If he is brought back within 20 days, the rules say that it would not use up one of his three Minor League options. That means he has to be back by Sept. 3.
"We want him to pitch in September. I'd like to see him," Price said. "It's a frustrating time for him, I know. He's going to be really good. I haven't lost confidence in that."
In the meantime, Reed will be given a small break at Louisville to throw a couple of side bullpen sessions before rejoining its rotation. With 112 1/3 innings this season in the Majors and Triple-A, he doesn't appear close to his innings limit after he worked 145 2/3 Minor League innings in 2015.
What role Reed might have for the Reds in September remains unclear.
"Based on how many innings he has when the Triple-A season is over, and what our needs are, he may either finish in the bullpen as we did with some of the guys last year -- like [Michael] Lorenzen," Price said. "Or if there are some starts for him in September, that has yet to be seen."
Reed, part of the July 2015 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals, arrived with much anticipation when he debuted this season on June 18. He had a solid first Major League Spring Training and good performances at Louisville to earn a promotion.
The Reds have listed Friday's starter in Reed's place as "TBA." Keyvius Sampson, who pitched five innings of relief with one run allowed following Reed could be an option. Tim Adleman is also pitching well for Louisville. Or the club could decide to have another look at prospect Robert Stephenson.
"I think we have a pretty good understanding, but we're not going to discuss it until we're able to make that [decision]," Price said.
This is the third stint this season with the Reds for Waldrop. The 24-year-old entered the night batting .250 with one RBI in 13 games in the big leagues and .250 with 19 doubles and five home runs in 81 games for Louisville.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.