CINCINNATI -- The Reds optioned long reliever Micah Owings to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and recalled reliever Carlos Fisher from the same place.
Owings was used sparingly this season while posting a 5.40 ERA in 22 appearances. His two-thirds of an inning vs. Washington on Tuesday, where he allowed four runs, was his first action in 16 days. The plan is to have the right-hander start in Louisville.
"Micah needs some innings," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not his fault or anybody's fault. Our starters have been going so deep. There wasn't really a need the last two weeks for a long man. And you have to hold him back for those close games and extra innings. I remember [former GM] Bob Quinn told me years ago that pitchers rust out before they wear out. That's a prime example of that."
Fisher is in his second big league stint this season after he posted a 10.80 ERA in 12 games for the Reds from April 22-May 31. He has a 1.86 ERA in 23 games at Louisville, including a 2.57 ERA in 17 games since his demotion.