CINCINNATI — Is there every any positive news filtering out of the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse, in particularly the training room? Doesn’t seem as if there is.
The lastest surfaced Friday afternoon when it was revealed the rookie Raisel Iglesias can’t make his scheduled start Friday night against the San Diego Padres. It’s that mysterious new injury called the oblique.
To take his place the Reds reached down to Class AAA Louisville and brought up rookie pitcher Jon Moscot and tossed him immediately to the wolves. He dropped his bag in the clubhouse, got dressed, made his major-league debut by starting Friday against the Padres.
IGLESIAS WAS PLACED on the 15-day disabled list. In addition, the Reds recalled relief pitcher Pedro Villarreal from Louisville and veteran pitcher Jason Marquis was designated for assignment.
Manager Bryan Price said Iglesias revealed after his last start that something was amiss in the oblique area.
Price was extremely high on 23-year-old Moscot early in spring training, talked about the 6-4, 210-pound right hander frequently before exhibition games began.
“It was his turn to pitch in Louisville tonight,” said Price. “We felt inevitably that this year Jon would be making his debut and tonight is that debut. He has been our best Triple-A starter. We see him as one of our better minor-league pitching prospects and he has done everything he needs to do at the Triple-A level.”
Moscot is a Southern California native who pitched at Pepperdine University before the Reds drafted him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He advanced rapidly. After pitching for Billings in the Pioneer Rookie League, he skipped low-A Dayton and went right to high-A Bakersfield and wondered what hit him. He was 2-14 with a 4.59 ERA.
NEVERTHELESS HE WAS promoted to Pensacola in 2014 and was 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA before he was moved up late in the year to Louisville. He began this season at Louisville and was 7-and-1 in nine starts with a 3.15 earned run average. He pitched 54 1/3 innings with 19 walks and 34 strikeouts.
Moscot is the third starting pitcher this year to make his major league debut for the Reds, following Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen. And Anthony DeSclafani, still a rookie, had made only five major league starts for Miami before coming to the Reds.
So, out of necessity, The Youth Movement is on. Two of the projected starters are gone, Homer Bailey due to Tommy John surgery and Marquis due to too many runs and hits given up.
“We are going with our youth movement, seeing what we have in our system,” said Price. “We have to see if they are ready. It’s the way we’ve decided to go, to give these young pitchers to come here and be the rotation, to be here and learn and take advantage of the opportunities.”
OF MOSCoT, PRICE said, “He is not a secret. He was a relatively high pick and was always a performer. He got off to that slow start as far as wins and losses (2-14), but he ended pitching really well at Double-A and Triple-A. He is a very mature guy who wants to learn all he can and is a student of the game. He has to be reliable emotionally as well as physically and we feel that Jon has all the character traits he needs to be a good starting pitcher.”
PRICE TOOK A BIT of an affront over what he was told that Brandon Phillips said after the Reds lost the first two games in Philadelphia before winning the finale. He said he thought the Reds took the Phillies too lightly.
“That’s his opinion and he is entitled to his opinion, but I don’t think we took them lightly,” said Price. “We played seven really good innings in Game One and eight really good innings in Game Two. That’s my take. I didn’t feel that we were just throwing our jocks out there and expecting to win. I didn’t feel there was a letdown. We just weren’t able to secure those first two games.”
The Reds had a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning of Game One and lost, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth. They had a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning of Game 2 and gave up four in the bottom of the ninth and lost in 11, 5-4.
SOME PERSONAL NOTES:
Before tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres, I received my placque on the field for my induction into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame. It was presented to me by Shaun Clancy, the creator and curator, based in New York City.
And there is not a more Son of Ireland than Shaun, who came to the United States just a few years ago and quickly became a huge baseball guy.
From Saturday through Tuesday I will be in Salisbury, N.C. to be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. I will also accept my 14th Ohio Sportswriter of the Yeare award at the same time. Leslie Visser also will be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a sportswriter along with broadcasters Bill Raftery and Dick Schaap as sportscasters.
NOW, THE NEGATIVE: As of June 30, I wll no longer be writing for Fox Sports Ohio. All the regional Fox Sports web-sites are going in a different direction that doesn’t include writers. All regional writers have been let go.
While I thoroughly enjoyed writing for Fox, it isn’t a major hit for me. I did it more out of my love of writing and baseball and really didn’t need it. I feel sorry for all the writers who relied on Fox for their livelihood, guys at Fox Sports Ohio like Kevin Goheen, who now must find other work.
I want to thank Fox for several years of permitting me to write for them. But, you know, I love journalism, but sometimes I hate it. And today, I hate it.