2. Reds activate Hunter Greene and return Carson Spiers to Double-A.
Carson Spiers is set to make his second major league start this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals. It hard to imagine a scenario where Spiers envisioned himself on a major league mound in the midst of a playoff race. And yet, here he is.
Spiers had a solid outing during his first big league start. The 25-year-old made it through four innings and kept the damage to a minimum. Spiers allowed three runs on five hits while walking two batters and striking out seven.
But, all signs point to Hunter Greene returning from the COVID-19 IL on Sunday. Greene had his best performance since returning from the 60-day IL when he went 5.1 innings against the San Francisco Giants and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six.
After two subpar performances after returning from a hip injury, it was nice to see Greene rebound in a big way. That performance, unfortunately, was Greene's last before hitting the COVID-19 IL.
Regardless of how Carson Spiers performs on Saturday against the Cardinals, look for the right-hander to return to Double-A Chattanooga. The Cincinnati Reds can then activate Hunter Greene from the injured list and send the flamethrower to the bump on Sunday. Spiers will likely have a 40-man roster spot waiting for him this offseason.