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3 options to replace injured starter Hunter Greene in the Cincinnati Reds rotation

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) rubs a new ball.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) rubs a new ball. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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For the moment, Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell has yet to name a starter for Wednesday's game versus the New York Mets. Hunter Greene was a placed on the 15-day IL with a shoulder strain and the Reds will need a replacement to take the ball at Citi Field later this week.

The Reds do not have any good options. A bullpen game seems out of the question, however the team will get a day off on Friday after The Field of Dreams Game on Thursday night versus the Chicago Cubs in Dyersville, Iowa.

With Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle having been traded before last week's deadline and rookie hurler Connor Overton still on the IL, Bell does not have many choices. Let's see who the Reds skipper might turn to on Wednesday evening in Flushing.

1. Carson Spiers could replace Hunter Greene in the Reds starting rotation.

Robert Dugger, though he pitched poorly last week, would probably have been David Bell's best option to get the start on Wednesday. But Dugger suffered a shoulder injury and was placed on the 15-day IL. That severely limits who the Cincinnati Reds manager can turn to later this week.

Will the Reds make an outside-the-box selection and choose to go with Carson Spiers? It's a possibility. The right-hander is currently at Double-A Chattanooga and is 1-3 with a 4.69 ERA. The problem is, Spiers has yet to pitch above Double-A. That said, most of the Reds choices at the upper-level of minor leagues are not very inspiring.

There's also the matter of the 40-man roster spot. Spiers, who wouldn't need to protected from the Rule 5 Draft until the 2023 offseason, would be taking up a valuable spot if added. The Reds are likely to add upwards of eight players to the 40-man roster later this season.

However, with so many injuries, the number of available pitchers on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster has shrunk. Tony Santillan, Lucas Sims, Tejay Antone, Vladimir Gutierrez, and Justin Wilson are all on the 60-day IL. Spiers would be an odd choice, but one that could emerge with the recent injury to Robert Dugger.

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