Via cincinnati.com, the Reds have recalled righthanded reliever Jordan Smith from Triple-A Louisville to take the place of lefthander Aroldis Chapman, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Smith began the year with the Reds and made 14 relief appearances covering 17 innings, posting a 5.79 ERA. He was optioned to Louisville on May 5 when tonight’s starter, Homer Bailey, was activated from the disabled list. Smith made four appearances at Louisville, throwing 3.2 innings without allowing a run. He also pitched briefly for the Reds last year.
A poster at SB Nation’s Reds blog Red Reporter appears to think this injury might not be “real”:
The word is that Chapman has a touch of shoulder inflammation. If I wasn’t so sure this was a phantom injury to help him get sorted out, I might be worried about it.
The move leaves the Reds with only one lefthander, Bill Bray, in their bullpen.