Alfredo Simon still in Cincinnati Reds rotation despite 9.11 ERA

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon remains in the starting rotation for now, though his numbers tell the story of a pitcher on the brink of a demotion.

With Anthony DeSclafani returning to the rotation Friday for the opener of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, the Reds have one more option. Robert Stephenson (3-3, 3.47) and Cody Reed (5-3, 3.38) have pitched well for Triple-A Louisville. Michael Lorenzen is nearing a return from the disabled list.

No starting pitcher in the big leagues has pitched worse than Simon. He allowed six earned runs in five innings Wednesday in a 12-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. His record fell to 2-6. His ERA climbed to 9.11 in 11 starts. No other pitcher who has made at least 10 starts has an ERA over 7.09.

“He has not pitched well,” manager Bryan Price said. “He’s aware of that. We also know he’s capable of pitching much better than he has. That’s on him and on us to help him get to a better place where he’s contributing in a fashion we’ve come to expect in the three years we had him prior to his year in Detroit.”

Injury updates: Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias threw bullpen sessions Wednesday and both performed well, Price said.

Lorenzen will throw one more bullpen before heading to Triple-A Louisville for a rehab assignment. Iglesias will join Double-A Pensacola for a rehab assignment. He’s supposed to pitch out of the bullpen when he returns to the Reds.

Hamilton hurt: Tyler Holt started in center field in place of Billy Hamilton on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series against the Cardinals. Hamilton banged his head on a slide into third base Wednesday and was going through concussion protocols, Price said.

Milestone: Steve Selsky recorded his first career hit Wednesday, a double to center field. The 26-year-old from Manhattan Beach, Calif., and the University of Arizona said his dad Steve Selsky Sr. and wife Brittany were in the stands.

“My dad’s been my No. 1 fan since day one,” Selsky said. “My wife hasn’t missed a game since 2010 in college. She’s either watching on TV or listening or following somehow. She’s been there every step of the way. She’s learned a lot. She knows trivia. She knows the rules and what we’re trying to do. She knows plays and situational hitting. It’s crazy.”

Weekend highlights: The Reds start a "14 Days of Pete" tribute to Pete Rose on Saturday. They will play videos related to Rose's career on the scoreboard for the next two weeks leading up to the induction of Rose into the Reds Hall of Fame on June 25.

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