Pitcher Redmond to take Votto’s roster spot
Of all the people you might have thought would take Joey Votto’s roster spot while he’s on the DL with that arthroscopic knee surgery, I bet you didn’t consider a right-handed pitcher.
But John Fay says that Todd Redmond (the guy the Reds just traded Paul Janish for) is coming up today to give the Reds some flexibility if Johnny Cueto’s start tonight doesn’t go very long. Cueto, as you may recall, was pushed back because of a blister he developed before his first post-All-Star-break appearance.
Bronson Arroyo was less than stellar last night, necessitating that the bullpen take over for 6 innings, so adding a little pitching depth maybe isn’t a bad idea. Cueto is still slated to start, so the streak of having only the same 5 guys start every game will continue.
Bullpen help is nice but Votto was sitting 110 points higher in OBP than the next closest person on the team (Hannigan .352). I could see us losing a lot of game 2-1. Someone has got to step up.
So are you saying that Todd Redmond and his on-base percentage of .208 in 112 plate appearances won’t be a good replacement?
I don’t imagine Redmond will stay up very long, do you? Once there’s a pitcher on the mound that is likely to last more than half the game, they can send him back down and bring up someone else. Not that any one man can replace the juggernaut that is Joey Votto.