Dontrelle Willis to start for the Reds on Sunday

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The D-Train is back on the tracks: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Reds are recalling Dontrelle Willis and will have him start this Sunday against the Brewers.

When last we saw Willis, he was completing the finishing touches on a three-year span in which he struck out 82 batters and walked 119 in 123 1/3 innings. And a lot of those strikeouts were a function of guys seeing Willis’ slow and lifeless stuff and getting a bit too overconfident in hacking at it. In other words, even when he looked good for an inning or two, it was for all of the wrong reasons.
Willis’ numbers in Louisville have been a different story this year: 2.63 ERA and 67/20 strikeout to walk ratio in 75 1/3 innings.  Given how poorly Edinson Volquez has done in the slot Willis is filling, he’s certainly worth a shot, no?

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.