Reds reliever Wandy Peralta is headed to the 10-day injured list with a right hip flexor strain, the club announced Saturday. Peralta’s roster spot will be assumed by outfielder Phillip Ervin, who has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville and will bat fifth and play left field during Saturday’s set against the Rangers.
Peralta, 27, has been on shaky ground for some time now. While no further details have been released about the extent of his injury or his expected recovery timetable, the lefty pitched to season-worst results during his outing on Friday. He took the ball from Tyler Mahle in the fifth and promptly gave up a grand slam to Rougned Odor, boosting the Rangers to a comfortable six-run lead in their eventual 7-1 win. Following the loss, Peralta holds a 5.96 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR through 22 2/3 innings in 2019.
With Peralta down for the foreseeable future, the Reds are prepared to take another look at 26-year-old Ervin in the outfield corner. He was largely unproductive during his first stint in the majors earlier this season and has since boosted his averages in Triple-A, slashing a robust .290/.384/.483 with six home runs, 26 RBI, and an .866 OPS through 172 plate appearances — numbers that would give the Reds a much-needed boost as they look to break out of a 3-7 slump in June.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.