Tejay Antone returns from injury; Sean Doolittle out

MILWAUKEE – The Cincinnati Reds activated Tejay Antone from the 10-day injured list before Tuesday’s series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, and they lost a veteran arm from their bullpen. 

Left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle was designated for assignment, giving the Reds a week to trade him or place him on waivers. Doolittle had a 4.46 ERA across 45 relief appearances this season, struggling with inherited runners early in the year, but he should draw interest from other teams.

Doolittle, the Reds’ lone free-agent signing last offseason, pitched in only four games this month. He saw an uptick in velocity at the end of July, reaching 97 mph with his fastball, but he had few opportunities with two other left-handed relievers in the bullpen.

"Doo has pitched well recently," Reds manager David Bell said. "He got off to, maybe, a slow start. He made some nice adjustments. There just wasn't enough work, really. It was tough. It was tough losing Doo just because he's an incredible professional."

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (63) gets set to deliver during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Reds won, 10-3.

The move was a vote of confidence in rookie Tony Santillan, the lone reliever who had minor-league options. Rosters will expand from 26 players to 28 players in September, but the Reds didn’t want to lose Santillan from their bullpen over the next week.

Santillan has pitched three scoreless innings since he was promoted last week, allowing two batters to reach base (a walk and a hit by pitch) and striking out four.

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