Reds put starter Fogg on disabled list

Fogg to disabled list

CINCINNATI -- The Reds placed pitcher Josh Fogg on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday after the fifth starter complained of back spasms following Saturday's game.

Right-handed reliever Gary Majewski was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Fogg's spot on the roster.

As Saturday's starter, Fogg lasted only 3 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs and seven hits during the Reds' 8-7 win in 10 innings over the Braves. With the bullpen given a heavy workload, reinforcements were needed.

"After the game, Foggy was complaining about his back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We need some pitching help, bad. We couldn't wait for that situation. So we called up Majewski."

Fogg's next turn in the rotation was to be on Thursday at Philadelphia. The Reds have not revealed their plan for who will take that spot. Homer Bailey made his scheduled start on Sunday night for Louisville against Lehigh Valley, but was removed after 2 2/3 innings. A report out of Louisville said Bailey was told he would be in Philadelphia to pitch for the Reds on Thursday.

"We're scuffling," Baker said. "We have a few days before we have to come up with something. There are a couple of guys lined up."

Majewski, who was informed of his promotion on Saturday night, was 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA and three saves in 22 games for Louisville this season. In 26 1/3 innings, he gave up 27 hits and 11 earned runs with seven walks and 22 strikeouts.

In April, Majewski posted a 7.15 ERA, but his May ERA was just 1.15. Overall, he's allowed 25 percent of his inherited runners to score.

"I had a rough start and gave up like 10 runs in three innings," Majewski said. "I found out I'm not a cold-weather pitcher. I wasn't warmed up a little bit. I've been doing what I've been trying to do the last couple of years, just working with [Louisville pitching coach Ted Power] to get the ball down and not try to overthrow."

Since coming over in an eight-player trade with the Nationals in 2006, Majewski has posted a 1-6 record with an 8.29 ERA in 51 games over multiple stints with the Reds. He was sent down in Spring Training this year after struggling to get people out.

Majewski, 28, believed he had straightened things out this year.

"There was a lot of searching to try and figure out where my arm slot was," Majewski said. "I was getting back to having fun, instead of trying to force myself to do something I wasn't used to doing. I've been throwing the ball well in Louisville. Just transfer it here, and do what I'm supposed to."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.