Zebulon, NC --- The Cincinnati Reds have made a series of roster moves impacting their Double-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats prior to tonight's game with the Montgomery Biscuits.
RHP Derrik Lutz has been placed on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Lutz has appeared in 20 games, compiling a record of 1-2 with two saves, along with an ERA of 1.99. RHP Justin Mallett was released Thursday afternoon after splitting 2009 with Triple-A Louisville and the Mudcats. With Carolina, Mallett started five games, producing a record of 0-2 with a 3.68 ERA.
Replacing Lutz and Mallett on the active roster are RHP Curtis Partch and LHP Philippe Valiquette. Partch, drafted in the 26th round of the 2007 amateur draft, was 3-3 with a 5.28 ERA with the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League, winning his last two starts with the Dragons. Partch, 22, will make his Double-A debut on Saturday night, starting against the Biscuits. Valiquette, 22, was the Reds' seventh round pick in the 2004 draft from Montreal's Montpetit High School. Valiquette was 1-1 with six saves and a 2.29 ERA over 17 games with High-A Sarasota this season.
Partch is an interesting choice; the Reds must really like him, because he had an ERA over 5 at Dayton last year, too. I wouldn't be surprised if he were moved to the bullpen, actually.
Valiquette has done really well since he was moved to the bullpen last year.
Mallett, 27, was a non-drafted free agent who was basically serving as a utility pitcher these past few years- going from AA to AAA and back depending on who needed a guy to come in and throw a few strikes. He might get picked up because his numbers were not too bad, all things considered. He had a 4.50 ERA in 100 innings at Louisville in '08.
Lutz seemed to be getting much more consistent this year after a very up-and-down '08 in Carolina. Hope he's back soon.