“I was able to see where my pitches were landing and definitely learned from that,” Castillo said.
Roster moves: The Reds assigned catcher Francisco Peña and reliever José De León to the taxi squad on Wednesday. Catcher Tyler Stephenson was on the taxi squad for the first road trip of the season to Detroit.
Every team can have as many as three players on the taxi squad for road trips. That gives them the option of quickly replacing an injured player or a player who tests positive for COVID-19.
Rare company: Nick Castellanos homered in the first inning Tuesday. It was his sixth home run of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the fourth Red to hit at least six home runs in the first 11 games. The others were: Wally Post (seven home runs in 1956); Austin Kearns (six in 2003); and Adam Dunn (seven in 2004 and six in 2006).
Slump status: Eugeno Suarez hit his first home run of the season Tuesday. He hit 49 last season.
Suarez went 1-for-4, raising his average over .100 for the first time this season. He’s 4-for-39 (.103) with three RBIs.
“We’ve seen him get off to slow starts,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Over the last two or three games, his swing has gotten better. I think at this point, it’s just a matter of getting that confidence back.”
Looking ahead: The Reds start a three-game series on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Brewers (3-5) had three games postponed last weekend because of positive COVID-19 tests by the St. Louis Cardinals.