Rookie Thompson to debut Saturday

Rookie Thompson to debut Saturday

NEW YORK -- The Reds announced that they will call up pitcher Daryl Thompson, who will make his Major League debut when he starts against the Yankees on Saturday.

A 22-year-old right-hander who had only four starts at Triple-A Louisville, Thompson was 6-2 with a 2.22 ERA, 18 walks and 78 strikeouts in 14 starts combined for Double-A Chattanooga and Louisville. He was 3-0 with a 3.25 in his four starts since the promotion to Triple-A.

Thompson will replace Homer Bailey in the rotation. Bailey was sent back to Louisville after he went 0-3 with an 8.76 ERA in three starts.

In July 2006, Thompson was the lone player with no big league experience when he was acquired from the Nationals in the eight-player trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to Washington for reliever Bill Bray and Gary Majewski.

Thompson, who pitched in Class A ball last season, faced the Yankees this year at Spring Training at Legends Field. He struck out the side in his one-inning relief appearance.

The last visiting pitcher to make his Major League debut at Yankee Stadium was Florida's Anibal Sanchez on May 25, 2006. Sanchez earned a 5-0 win.

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