Livingston up, Saarloos down
The Reds recalled left-hander Bobby Livingston from Triple-A Louisville before today's game and optioned Kirk Saarloos to Louisville.
The Reds needed a long-relief option out of the bullpen today because Victor Santos pitched 4-1/3 innings after Saarloos failed to record an out in the first inning Sunday.
Saarloos (0-4, 7.74 ERA in two starts and 20 relief appearances) was informed of the decision when he arrived this morning and spoke with reporters before leaving the clubhouse.
"I don't feel like I'm the problem. They need to find answers and I don't feel like I'm the problem. Three bad innings this year. Yesterday. St. Louis (on April 25) and L.A. (on May 13) I felt like other than that, in 20 appearances, I've thrown the ball pretty damn good. Obviously those three appearances is the bed that I'm lying in right now. Numbers are numbers and they feel like I'm the problem, so I'm out of here. So I'm going to go down, pitch and get back here. That's the only thing you can do. You can't be (ticked) off about it even though you are. You can't go down there and show it. You've got to go down there with some class and dignity and pitch."
In those three appearances Saarloos mentioned, he allowed 11 earned runs on 11 hits in just 1/3-inning. Subtract those from his overall numbers this season and he'd be 0-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 19 games.
Here's what manager Jerry Narron had to say about the decision...
"(Livingston) will pitch out of the bullpen for right now. It'll give us some length out there. Santos definitely wouldn't be available probably through (Tuesday). Hopefully we won't need him in that role, but you've got to have some protection out there for sure."
"Early in the year he pitched well for us and had some good outings. He's just been up and down lately. Hoping he can go down and get some consistent work."
What will be his role in Louisville?
"He'll probably be in the bullpen."
What does this do to the rotation?
"We'll make a decision here in a couple days on it."