CINCINNATI -- The Reds optioned catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville and recalled right-handed pitchers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch from Louisville on Friday.
Contreras, ranked by MLB.com as the Reds' No. 5 prospect, had been optioned to Louisville on Thursday, but he is back with the club since Cincinnati used six relievers in the 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs and is in need of relief help. That's also the impetus behind Partch being recalled.
Contreras has appeared in three games for the Reds, allowing one run on two hits, walking three and striking out two in 4 1/3 innings (2.08 ERA). He was originally called up from Double-A Pensacola, where he went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine appearances (three starts).
Partch is beginning his third stint with the Reds, having begun the season with the club and being optioned to Triple-A on April 19, when left-hander Sean Marshall came off the disabled list. He returned to Cincinnati on May 1, when left-hander Tony Cingrani was injured, and was sent back down when closer Aroldis Chapman came off the DL on May 10.
Partch has made three appearances for the Reds this season, not allowing a run while giving up one hit, walking three and striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old made 28 appearances for Louisville this season, posting a 5.61 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less