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The Reds shut down rookie Tyler Mahle for the rest of 2017

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The Reds shut down rookie right-hander Tyler Mahle for the rest of the 2017 season, per a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. There’s nothing sinister here, just a rookie who hit his innings limit for the season. Mahle finished a brief run in the big leagues with a 2.70 ERA, 5.0 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 in his first 20 innings, ending on a high note after tossing five scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old righty contracted a mild case of the jitters after making the jump to the majors, but the control issues that plagued him in September don’t appear to be a chronic problem. Prior to his call-up, Mahle touted a 2.73, 2.0 BB/9 and 7.7 SO/9 with Triple-A Louisville, and his numbers were even better in Double-A. He accumulated 164 1/3 innings across all three levels, which likely made the decision to shut him down an easy one for the Reds. Given his poise and results on the mound, however, there’s no reason to think he won’t be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring.

In the meantime, the club will roll with a rotation featuring Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Jackson Stephens, Rookie Davis and Homer Bailey. Heading into Saturday’s set against the Pirates, Reds’ starters rank second-to-last in the league with a collective 5.67 ERA and 1.9 fWAR. They’ll go for their 65th win of the season at 4:10 ET.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.