Ranking the Reds 4 best replacements for injured starter Nick Lodolo

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. Kevin Herget could fill Nick Lodolo's spot in the Reds starting rotation.

Kevin Herget is name that most Reds fans are unfamiliar with, and was just recalled on Sunday after being optioned back to Triple-A on Saturday in order to make room for Levi Stoudt. But, after news of Nick Lodolo and Casey Legumina hitting the IL, the Reds recalled Herget to help the pitching staff after seven relievers were used on Saturday.

In addition to Herget being recalled, Stoudt was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday. This all but signifies that Stoudt will not be the guy replacing Lodolo in the rotation. Unless an injury occurs, a pitcher much spend 15 days back in the minor leagues before being recalled. That means it'll be the end of the month before Stoudt can return to the big leagues.

Herget was in the mix to be part of the Cincinnati Reds rotation this spring, but was really more of a fringe candidate. That final spot in the rotation was more than likely going to Connor Overton, Luis Cessa, and Brandon Williamson.

Kevin Herget had been getting work down at Triple-A as a starter. He was 0-1 in three starts with a 7.36 ERA and 2.182 WHIP. Those numbers are nothing to write home about, and you'd really have to wonder if you're going to get more than three innings out of Herget.

Seeing as how Herget starting would basically turn into a bullpen game, you have to assume that this is less than ideal. As was mentioned with Derek Law, this could be an option for the Reds for a start or two. But if Nick Lodolo is out for a minimum of four weeks (plus a rehab assignment), you have to assume the Reds will be looking to fill at least six or seven starts in his stead.