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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Reds optioned Richardson to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

    Richardson split his time last season between Triple-A and the majors. He spent the end of 2023 in the minors after posting an 8.64 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 12:15 K:BB over 16.2 innings with the Reds. Richardson will start 2024 in Louisville and will attempt to work his way back into Cincinnati's rotation.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Sent to minors

    Richardson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

    The 23-year-old started for the past few turns through Cincinnati's rotation, but he'll head back to Triple-A after he posted a 7.90 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 10:12 K:BB across 13.2 innings. Richardson should return to the rotation at Louisville, where he has a 3.60 ERA in three starts.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Sunk by Mariners

    Richardson (0-2) took the loss Wednesday as the Reds were downed 8-4 by the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and four walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out three.

    The rookie right-hander wasn't fooling anyone, serving up long balls to Mike Ford, J.P. Crawford and Cal Raleigh and managing only seven swinging strikes among his 95 pitches. Richardson has yet to last five innings in any of his four big-league starts, but with three-fifths of the Reds' already patchwork rotation currently stuck in the COVID-19 protocols, the team doesn't have many other options to send to the mound. If he makes another start, Richardson's next turn would come on the road next week in Detroit.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Recalled for start Wednesday

    Cincinnati recalled Richardson from Triple-A Louisville ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Mariners.

    Richardson is enjoying a breakout 2023 season in the minors, but the 23-year-old right-hander has surrendered nine earned runs on 10 hits and 11 walks through his first three major-league starts covering just 12 innings. He's a risky fantasy streamer against Seattle.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Sent down to minors

    Richardson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Because Richardson was technically called up from Louisville on Friday to replace a player on the COVID-19-related injured list, he can be recalled at any time. With that in mind, the Reds could stick with their initial plan to have Richardson start Wednesday against the Mariners. In 12 innings in the big leagues this season, Richardson has struck out nine and has given up nine earned runs on 10 hits and 11 walks.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Nabs another start

    Richardson is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Mariners in Cincinnati, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Richardson hasn't been especially impressive over three starts in the big leagues this season (6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 9:11 K:BB in 12 innings), but he'll get another turn through the rotation this week after the Reds recently moved Graham Ashcraft (toe) to the 15-day injured list and placed three others (Hunter Greene, Brandon Williamson and Ben Lively) on the COVID-19-related IL. Greene, Lively and Williamson are all eligible to return by next weekend, so Richardson could end up losing his starting role following Wednesday's outing.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Recalled for Friday start

    Richardson was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    With Ben Lively -- who was originally scheduled to start the second game of Friday's doubleheader -- landing on the COVID-19 IL, Richardson will come up from Louisville to pitch in his place. The 23-year-old righty has surrendered seven runs in 7.1 innings through two starts in the majors this season.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: No-decision in nightcap

    Richardson came away with a no-decision in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cubs, giving up two runs on two hits and five walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.

    Promoted earlier in the day to take the place of Ben Lively (COVID-19), Richardson struggled to find the plate and tossed only 51 of his 91 pitches for strikes. He exited the game in line for the loss, but the Reds rallied for two runs in the ninth to secure a 3-2 victory. The 23-year-old has a 9:11 K:BB through 12 innings in the majors this season, and it's not clear if he'll even remain in the big-league bullpen when Lively is ready to return.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Returns to Triple-A

    The Reds optioned Richardson to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

    As anticipated, Richardson was with the Reds for only a brief period of time after he was called up from Louisville on Wednesday and designated as the club's 27th man for the doubleheader with the Angels. Richardson ended up drawing the start in the second game of the twin bill, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over 4.1 innings while not factoring into the decision in the Reds' 7-3 victory.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Mediocre in spot start

    Richardson allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Angels in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Richardson was recalled from Triple-A Louisville as the 27th man for the doubleheader, so it's unclear if his stay on the major-league roster will last beyond Wednesday. He didn't do much to make a case for himself in a poor spot start. The right-hander threw 45 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, his second in the majors this year. He's allowed seven runs over 7.1 innings with a 5:6 K:BB in those appearances.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Up as 27th man

    Richardson was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Richardson will serve as the 27th man for the Reds in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Angels. All 22 of the 23-year-old's appearances this season between the majors and minors have been as a starter, so he should be able to handle a lengthy relief outing, if needed. The Reds aren't yet listing a starter for the second game of the twin bill and could turn to either Richardson or Brett Kennedy to fill the opening.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Optioned to Triple-A

    Richardson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

    Richardson was called up from Louisville to make his big-league debut Sunday, but he was dealt the loss after giving up four earned runs on four hits and three walks over three innings. The performance wasn't enough for him to stake a claim to a permanent spot in the Cincinnati rotation, but he could, however, return to the majors before the season comes to a close. Cincinnati called up right-hander Brett Kennedy from Louisville in a corresponding move.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Suffers defeat in debut

    Richardson (0-1) took the loss Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks over three innings against the Nationals. He struck out two.

    Following a four-run first inning that included seeing his first two career pitches hit out of the yard, Richardson settled down in the next two frames but was pulled after 66 pitches. That number represents 17 more pitches than he had thrown in any start for the organization since May as he continues to work his way back from a lost 2022 due to Tommy John surgery. It is possible the 23-year-old prospect remains in the Reds rotation for now, but he's highly likely to have his pitch count remain limited moving forward.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Called up for MLB debut

    The Reds recalled Richardson from Triple-A Louisville ahead of his scheduled start Sunday versus the Nationals in Cincinnati.

    Cincinnati optioned right-handed reliever Daniel Duarte to Triple-A to open up a spot on the 26-man active roster for Richardson, who will be making his MLB debut Sunday. Though he'll be joining the rotation as a replacement for the injured Ben Lively (pectoral), Richardson may not be trusted with working deep enough into the contest to qualify for the win. Richardson turned in a tidy 1.86 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 19 outings this season across Louisville, Double-A Chattanooga and High-A Dayton, but he never covered more than four innings in any start.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Set to debut Sunday

    Richardson will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his first big-league start Sunday against the Nationals, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Richardson was scratched from his scheduled start with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, and it turns out the reason was to keep him on schedule for his first start in the major leagues. Richardson is one of Cincinnati's better prospects, but he hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in a game since May, so he'll likely face some sort of pitch limit Sunday.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Scratched from Triple-A start

    Richardson was scratched from his start Thursday at Triple-A Louisville with no reason provided, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    It's possible the Reds are considering Richardson as a rotation replacement for Ben Lively, who landed on the injured list Wednesday with a right pectoral strain. A second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft out of a Florida high school, Richardson missed the entire 2022 season following Tommy John surgery but has roared back to deliver a 1.86 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 58 innings (19 starts) this season between Low-A, Double-A and Triple-A. Connor Phillips and Levi Stoudt are among the other -- less exciting -- possibilities to get the call to Cincinnati.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Shielded from Rule 5 draft

    Richardson (elbow) was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Tuesday.

    Richardson hasn't pitched since 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last offseason. He will still likely miss the first month or two of the 2023 season before he continues to work his way up the Reds' farm system.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: On mend from Tommy John surgery

    Richardson will miss all of the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the offseason, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.

    According to Mayo, Richardson had been pitching hurt in 2021, which explains the 5.09 ERA and 1.47 WHIP he posted in 76 innings at High-A Dayton. It's unclear when exactly he had the surgery, but he could potentially return in April or May of 2023 if he avoids setbacks.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Scoreless spring debut

    Richardson threw a scoreless inning against the Angels in his spring training debut, throwing his fastball between 93-96 mph, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He came in and looked like he'd been pitching in the big leagues for a lot of years," manager David Bell said. "He just really attacked and went after the hitters. Clearly has the stuff to match it. He's a guy that's never played above A-ball, and you wouldn't have known that watching him tonight."

    Richardson was the Reds' second-round draft pick in 2018, and he hasn't yet advanced beyond Low-A, though he did spend some time in September at the Reds' alternate training site. It'll be interesting to see where the Reds start him this season and whether he's made enduring improvements that'll allow him to advance to the majors quickly.

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  • Reds' Lyon Richardson: Joins 60-man player pool

    Richardson was added to the Reds' 60-man player pool Thursday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    A second-round pick in 2018, Richardson has yet to really turn heads as a prospect. Last year he logged a 4.15 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 112.2 innings at Low-A.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 207 lbs
Birthplace: Jensen Beach, FL
Age: 24
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: S, R