Reds call up Redmond for added bullpen depth

Reds call up Redmond for added bullpen depth

CINCINNATI -- When first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, the Reds decided to add a 13th pitcher when right-hander Todd Redmond was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Redmond's last name was over the No. 58 on his back, but it may as well read "insurance." Cincinnati wanted backup for Tuesday starter Johnny Cueto, who is returning from a blister on his right index finger. Long reliever Alfredo Simon already pitched three innings on Monday and was unavailable Tuesday.

"We need innings," manager Dusty Baker said. "I was in that bullpen deep and early [Monday]. We've got a bunch of guys like Simon that threw three innings yesterday. A couple of guys have thrown two out of three days or three out of four days."

It's been a whirlwind for the 27-year-old Redmond, who was traded from the Braves to the Reds on Saturday for shortstop Paul Janish. The Braves' Triple-A affiliate at Gwinnett was playing the Reds' Triple-A Louisville club at the time.

"I cleaned out my locker, switched lockers and I was waving to the other guys on the other side," Redmond said.

Redmond went from Gwinnett to Columbus to play Louisville's next game and was supposed to start on Tuesday for the Bats.

"I'd rather be here," he said.

Upon getting the call, Redmond had to make the 90-minute drive from Columbus to Cincinnati.

"They just want me for a long relief role type of thing. That's all I know," Redmond said. "As long as I'm here, I'm fine. I'm just happy to be here."

Redmond, who has never pitched in the big leagues, but was once called up by Atlanta and not used, was 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Gwinnett this season. His stay on the 25-man roster for Cincinnati is tenuous. The Reds still need an extra hitter, but Baker would not speculate on plans.

"We'll see what we can do tomorrow," Baker said. "We have things in the works. If I say 'yeah,' and the bat doesn't come, then you look bad."