Steve Selsky didn’t get much time to report to Cincinnati on Friday.
He didn’t need it.
The outfielder had just walked into the Louisville Bats weight room early Friday afternoon when Bats manager Delino DeShields grabbed him.
“Pack your bags,” DeShields told Selsky. “You’re going to Cincinnati.”
The next few hours were such a whirlwind that the 26-year-old couldn’t even remember exactly what time he learned that he was reaching the majors for the first time.
“Beats me,” he said at 5 p.m. in the Reds’ Great American Ball Park clubhouse. “Around 1:30 or 2. I just packed my bags and left.”
Selsky, who went 0-for-4 in two appearances with the Reds during spring training, was hitting .275 with one home run and 11 runs batted in in 35 games, including 16 starts, with the Triple-A Bats. He replaced on Cincinnati’s roster right-handed pitcher Tim Adleman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
“He’ll help us as an early-game bench bat, then we’ll see how things shape up with the rotation,” manager Bryan Price said of his latest newcomer, who would become the sixth player to make his major-league debut with the Reds this season.
To clear space on the 40-man roster for Selsky, the Reds designated right-handed pitcher Drew Hayes for assignment. Hayes had no record with an 8.38 ERA and a blown save in six relief appearance over two stints with Cincinnati this season. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.
Selsky, a Manhattan Beach, Calif., native who lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Brittany, hit .317 with two homers and 29 RBIs in 51 games during an injury-plagued 2015 with Louisville.
“In the past couple of years, I’ve played with them in spring training a little bit, but there’s no comparison,” said the right-handed hitter, who was selected by the Reds in the 33rd round of the June 2011 draft and played for the Dayton Dragons. “I just want to play well and do what I can to help these guys win a little bit.”
MRI doesn’t lie: A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed the preliminary diagnosis that Adleman suffered a strained left oblique while pitching Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians in Cincinnati. The plan was for him not to do anything except get treatment for the next few days, he said Friday.
“Any time you hear ‘oblique,’ you kind of cringe because they have a history of being nagging,” said Adleman, who left Thursday’s game with one out in the fourth inning.
One of Adleman’s clubhouse neighbors is right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who was the Reds’ projected Opening Day starter before suffering a strained left oblique in late March. He has yet to pitch this season.
“His advice was just listen to your body,” said Adleman, who is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in four games, all of them starts, for the Reds this season. “If you’re not feeling absolutely confident that you’re 100 percent, it’s time to keep treating it and resting it.”
Speaking of: DeSclafani threw 45 pitches, considered to be the equivalent of three innings, of live batting practice Friday.
“Everything was as good as it could be for not being on the mound a lot,” he said.
“I think that’s the beginning of a good opportunity for him,” Price said.
DeSclafani believes he’s ready to resume making minor-league rehab starts. He’d reached that point in his comeback a few weeks ago before discomfort forced him to virtually start over.