And the hits just keep on comin’! That’s not a good thing either.
Two days after throwing an inning in relief and taking the loss, the Reds have placed Jonathan Broxton on the DL with a right elbow strain. This according to a tweet by Fox19′s Brain Giesenschlag. Using Broxton on Thursday – and the use of the bullpen itself – has become the flavor of the week in Reds Country.
As the Reds were in the midst of dropping a 6-5, 14-inning decision to the Cubs on Thursday, it was noticeable that Broxton was not going to be used in the game. He was sitting in a chair and manning a clipboard. Nary a sign of entering the game.
Well, at least Broxton wasn’t supposed to enter that game.
After Curtis Partch went a strong four innings, Broxton was brought into the game in the bottom of the 14th. The original plan was to not even use Brox and have his arm examined upon returning to Cincinnati According to Joey Nowak of MLB.com, Dusty had this to say from Thursday.
“We had [Broxton] penciled as a no, and he said he could go one inning,” Baker said. “We were trying to sneak him through one inning, and we were going to go to Chapman for two, maybe, which we really didn’t want to go to.”
What has left some Reds fans baffled was the obvious “saving” of Aroldis Chapman for a save situation.
And don’t get me started on this whole Chapman issue. I’ve voiced my opinion here plenty on that.
The Reds have recalled Pedro Villarreal to take Broxton spot on the 25-man. Villarreal’s MLB starting debut was not one to remember as he allowed 6 runs on 10 hits in only 3.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies on June 5.
There’s some good news.