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Reds' Fernando Cruz: Working as opener Tuesday
Cruz will serve as the Reds' opening pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Twins, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Cruz last served as an opener Aug. 26 against Arizona, allowing one unearned run on one hit while fanning four across 1.1 innings. He's set to work an inning or two Tuesday before turning the game over to a bulk reliever, with Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer relaying that Ben Lively is the most likely candidate to enter the game after Cruz's departure.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Back from COVID-19 IL
Cruz was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
Cruz was one of a handful of Reds players to miss time with COVID-19, but he returns having been out for the minimum seven days. He's been an effective reliever for Cincinnati this season, posting a 4.12 ERA and 79:24 K:BB over 54.2 frames, but he has only one win and six holds in 49 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Wild in return
Cruz allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Cardinals.
It was wild outing for Cruz, who made his first appearances after being reinstated from the COVID-19-related list Friday. He hit the first batter faced, walked the next, then threw a couple of wild pitches.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Lands on COVID-19 IL
The Reds placed Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Cruz will join Hunter Greene and Ben Lively on the COVID-19 IL, and he'll be forced to miss at least one week. Carson Spiers was brought up from Double-A Chattanooga as Cruz's replacement.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Set to open Saturday's game
Cruz will serve as the Reds' opening pitcher for Saturday's game against the Diamdonbacks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Though the Reds haven't confirmed that a bulk reliever will work behind Cruz, Ben Lively (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list Saturday and appears likely to cover multiple innings out of the bullpen. Cruz, who will be making his first start of 2023, hasn't recorded more than six outs in any of his 46 appearances this season. He carries a 4.30 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Saturday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Activated from injured list
Cruz was activated from the 15-day injured list by the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Cruz missed nearly a month of action with a right shoulder strain but is ready to roll following a couple rehab appearances. He's posted a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 relief innings for the Reds this season, although that's come with 20 strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Starting rehab assignment
Cruz (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Cruz could be activated as soon as May 26 for the start of the Reds' next road trip. He's been out since late April with a right shoulder strain.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Hits IL with shoulder strain
Cruz was placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday with a right shoulder strain, Sonja Chen of MLB.com reports.
Cruz has struggled out of the gate to the tune of a 6.59 ERA over 13.2 innings out of the bullpen, and he'll now be shut down for at least a couple of weeks because of the shoulder injury. The Reds reinstated Graham Ashcraft from the bereavement list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Wild season debut
Cruz walked three batters and threw a wild pitch while recording just one out in relief of Hunter Greene in Thursday's Opening Day loss to the Pirates.
Cruz's control problems allowed both of the runners he inherited from Greene to score, and contributed to the Reds walking a cumulative nine batters over the course of the game.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Opening Friday's game
Cruz will work as the opener Friday against the Cardinals.
He tossed 1.2 perfect innings with zero strikeouts as the opener Tuesday against the Pirates. Raynel Espinal or Reiver Sanmartin would be logical options to work as the primary pitcher.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Opening Game 2 vs. Bucs
Cruz will work as an opener in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Raynel Espinal is expected to be the primary pitcher out of the bullpen after Cruz gets a few outs to open the game. Cruz has a 1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings over five appearances since getting promoted for September.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Fernando Cruz: Receives first call-up at age 32
The Reds selected Cruz's contract from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Perhaps no September call-up has had a more interesting path to the big leagues than Cruz, who was drafted by the Royals as an infielder in 2007. He transitioned to a full-time pitching role in 2011 and bounced around between affiliated ball, the independent ranks and foreign leagues over the last decade before finally getting his first promotion to the majors at 32 years old. The right-hander will likely be ticketed for a low-leverage role out of the Cincinnati bullpen after compiling a 2.89 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 66:19 K:BB in 56 innings at Louisville.... See More ... See Less
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