CINCINNATI -- The Reds optioned rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday and recalled another right-handed reliever, Carlos Fisher, from Louisville. Ondrusek made the team out of Spring Training with 10 scoreless innings, but had some rough outings once the regular season started. In nine appearances, he had an 11.25 ERA with 12 hits and five walks over eight innings. "The young man's future is very bright," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not something we wanted to do, but was something we were forced to do because of our pitching situation."
The Reds' bullpen has been spent with 31 innings over the past nine games. Fisher has worked eight scoreless innings for Louisville in six appearances, with only one hit allowed among the 24 batters he's faced. In 39 games with the Reds last season, he was 1-1 with a 4.47 ERA. "I think just coming back from not throwing as much in spring, I had to focus more on pitching and not just letting it loose," Fisher said of his recent success. "I focused on what pitches I threw and focused more on my spots. It's worked out pretty good for me. I'm not trying to overpower guys. I'm getting ahead early and then I have a chance to strike guys out." Fisher's chances to make the team in Spring Training were torpedoed by walking too many batters, as well as suffering from a sore right elbow that surfaced during camp. He was shut down for about two weeks. "That was the first time I had any issues or had to sit down because of an injury," Fisher said. "It was right in the middle of spring, so you couldn't really hide it. I stayed focused on getting healthy, taking care of the elbow. I knew I'd have a chance to come back. I didn't know it'd be this quick."