Reds pick up veteran pitcher Gallardo

Longtime Brewers starter will pitch in bullpen for Reds

A longtime member of the Milwaukee Brewers, Scooter Gennett, joined the Cincinnati Reds less than a week before Opening Day in 2017, and that couldn’t have worked out better.

The Reds hope history repeats itself in 2018. They signed veteran pitcher Yovani Gallardo on Saturday before the second game of the season against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park, making room on the roster by sending rookie reliever Zack Weiss to Triple-A Louisville. Gallardo spent his first eight seasons with the Brewers before pitching for the Rangers, Orioles and Mariners the last three seasons.

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Gallardo returned to the Brewers this spring but was cut Monday. He has a career record of 113-93 and an ERA of 3.93. He was an All-Star in 2010.

Gallardo was 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA last season in Seattle. He started 22 games and made six relief appearances. The Reds plan to use him in the bullpen.

“Our scouts liked what they saw,” Reds manager Bryan Price said, “especially when he was throwing in those shorter stints, those one- to three-inning outings, which he did primarily with Milwaukee this spring. They liked his stuff. They liked him when he was in Seattle last year out of the bullpen. Really with some of the changes that have happened over thee course of our spring, losing (Michael) Lorenzen for a while. David (Hernandez) needed some time to get his shoulder back ready to pitch. Another experienced pitcher in the bullpen seemed to be very appealing to the club, so we made an effort to sign him when he cleared waivers.”

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