Youth movement full steam ahead: Reds overhaul bullpen

Youth movement full steam ahead: Reds overhaul bullpen

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Reds have overhauled the team's historically bad bullpen in hopes to find some consistency in the later innings.

After Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners, the Reds announced Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson were optioned to triple-A and Steve Delabar was designated for assignment.

The moves opened the door for Dayan Diaz, A. J. Morris and Josh Smith.

Dayan Diaz, 26, posted an 1.88 era in Louisville this season in 14 innings. Morris has appeared in nine games this season for Louisville, including six starts, posting a 2.70 in 30 innings. Morris and Dayan Diaz will make their MLB debuts when the appear for the Reds.

The last of the reinforcements, Josh Smith, was 3-4 with a 3.86 era in 42 innings. The righty had a brief stint with the Reds last season posting a 0-4 record and 6.89 era.

Jumbo Diaz had a 6.30 era in 10 innings this season, including five home runs surrendered. Sampson's era was 7.71 in seven innings this season. Delabar's era stood at 6.75 in eight innings before being designated for assignment.

KAIT is reporting that Daniel Wright will start on Tuesday for the Reds. Wright, 25, has split time between double-A and triple-A this season. The righty was 2-0 with a 0.45 era in 20 innings in Pensacola. In Louisville, he posted a 1.29 era.  The Reds have not made the move official.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Reds transferred Anthony Desclafani and Yorman Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list.

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