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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Kennedy was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

    Kennedy was designated for assignment Tuesday and went unclaimed on waivers. He'll head back to Louisville, where he's posted a 32:8 K:BB across 40.2 innings while working as a starter this season.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Exits 40-man roster

    Kennedy was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

    The transaction frees up a spot on the 26-man and 40-man rosters for the return of Alex Young (back) from the 60-day injured list. Kennedy was with the Reds for a handful of days and didn't make an appearance.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Summoned to big leagues

    The Reds selected Kennedy's contract from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

    Kennedy has operated as a full-time starter at Louisville this season, compiling a 6.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 32:8 K:BB across 40.2 innings. Though he made two starts with Cincinnati in 2023, the Reds don't have an opening in the rotation at the moment, so Kennedy is slated to operate as a multi-inning option or mop-up man out of the bullpen. The Reds created room for Kennedy on the active roster by placing right-hander Emilio Pagan (triceps) on the 15-day injured list.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Back with Reds

    Kennedy signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Dec. 20.

    Kennedy posted a 6.50 ERA in five appearances (two starts) for the Reds and a 4.81 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Louisville in 2023. He's likely headed back to Louisville to start 2024.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Kennedy cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

    Kennedy saw action in five games as a swingman for the Reds this season, holding a 6.50 ERA. He is no longer on the 40-man roster but remains in the organization.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Sent to Triple-A

    Kennedy was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Kennedy had been a candidate to get a start or two this week, but he was needed for two innings of relief in Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Unfortunately for him, that means the Reds need to replace Kennedy with a fresh arm for Monday's series opener with the Mariners.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Needed in relief Sunday

    Kennedy worked two innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 15-7 loss to the Cubs, giving up four earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one batter.

    The Reds likely would have preferred to stay away from Kennedy on Sunday so he could fill the opening in the team's depleted rotation Monday against the Mariners, but the right-hander was ultimately needed for mop-up duties after Cincinnati burned through six pitchers in the game's first seven innings. With Kennedy likely out of consideration for a spot start during the three-game series with the Mariners after his 42-pitch relief appearance Sunday, the Reds are expected to summon another pitcher from Triple-A Louisville to fill the void in the rotation Monday.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Summoned to majors

    Kennedy was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Kennedy will be available in relief for now but could be a candidate for a start or two while Hunter Greene (COVID-19) is sidelined. The righty has posted a 5.06 ERA over two starts and two relief appearances with the big club this season.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Heads to Triple-A

    The Reds optioned Kennedy to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.

    Kennedy covered four innings of long relief in Friday's 10-8 loss to Arizona and might not have been available for another day or two, so the Reds opted to swap him off the 26-man active roster in favor of a fresh arm in right-hander Daniel Duarte, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. Cincinnati has a doubleheader coming up next Friday versus the Cubs that will create a temporary need for a sixth starter, so Kennedy could be headed back to the big club in short order to fill the opening in the rotation.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Works in long relief Friday

    Kennedy pitched four innings out of the bullpen in Friday's 10-8 loss to the Diamondbacks, striking out two while giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks.

    Earlier in the week, the Reds had listed Kennedy as their probable starter for Friday's contest, but he ended up shifting to the bullpen after Cincinnati opted to have Hunter Greene take the hill on his normal four days' rest. Because Greene couldn't escape the fourth inning and was pulled from the contest after allowing five earned runs, Kennedy ended up being needed to mop up behind him. The Reds are expected to get Ben Lively (pectoral) back from the 15-day injured list Saturday, so Kennedy looks as though he'll remain in a relief role while Lively presumably settles into the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Drawing start Friday

    Kennedy is scheduled to make his next start for the Reds on Friday in Arizona, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Kennedy would have been available to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Angels on his normal four days' rest, but he'll instead get some extra time ahead of his next start while the Reds presumably turn to Triple-A Louisville call-up Lyon Richardson to make a spot start during the twin bill. The Reds will hand Kennedy a second straight turn through the rotation after he held the Blue Jays scoreless over five innings while striking out two in a no-decision last weekend. Kennedy initially didn't appear to be in line for a lengthy stay in the Cincinnati rotation, but he could end up making multiple starts beyond Friday after lefty Nick Lodolo (tibia) suffered a setback that will push back his return from the 60-day injured list.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Pitches well in spot start

    Kennedy permitted just three hits and one walk over five shutout frames Friday, taking a no-decision against the Blue Jays. He struck out two.

    Kennedy dealt with a little traffic early, as the Jays had multiple chances with runners in scoring position over the first three innings but failed to capitalize. The right-hander then retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth before being pulled. Kennedy might be headed back to the minors if the Reds decide Nick Lodolo (tibia) is ready to return next week.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Set for start Friday

    Kennedy will start for the Reds on Friday versus the Blue Jays, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    The 29-year-old right-hander is likely getting a brief look in the Cincinnati rotation while the Reds wait for Nick Lodolo (lower leg) to complete his minor-league rehab assignment. Kennedy owns a career 6.42 ERA in 33.2 major-league innings and is not a recommended fantasy streamer.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Likely to join rotation

    Kennedy is expected to join Cincinnati's rotation and make a start during this weekend's home series versus the Blue Jays, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Kennedy previously made a five-inning spot start in his Reds debut July 4, but since returning from Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 7, he's made one two-inning appearance out of the bullpen. However, with the Reds designating Luke Weaver for assignment Wednesday, Kennedy now looks to be the next man up to fill the team's vacant fifth starter role. Kennedy looks poised to start either Friday or Saturday, but he may be in line for only a brief stay in the rotation, as the Reds could get Nick Lodolo (tibia) back from the injured list as soon as next weekend.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Rejoins parent club

    The Reds recalled Kennedy from Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

    Kennedy will head to the bullpen for the time being and will give the Reds a much-needed fresh arm, though depending on how extensively he's used in the next few days, he could be an option to join the rotation when Cincinnati requires a fifth starter again. The Reds optioned Lyon Richardson to Triple-A in a corresponding move after Richardson was lit up for four runs in three innings ins his big-league debut in Sunday's loss to the Nationals. Kennedy's lone previous appearance with the Reds came back on July 4 -- also against the Nationals -- when he gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks over five innings.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Sent back to Triple-A

    Kennedy was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Kennedy made a spot start for the Reds on Tuesday versus the Nationals and surrendered four earned runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He'll return to a rotation role at Louisville.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Grabs first win since 2018

    Kennedy (1-0) earned the win Tuesday, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks over five-plus innings against the Nationals. He struck out three.

    Kennedy allowed just one run through his first four innings before the Nats tagged on another in the fifth and two more in the sixth, forcing the right-hander out of the game. However, the Reds' offense carried the burden Tuesday, giving Kennedy an 8-4 win. The start was the 28-year-old Kennedy's first since 2018 with the Padres. With the Reds facing a myriad of injuries in their rotation, Kennedy could be in line for additional starts with Cincinnati.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Added ahead of Tuesday's start

    The Reds selected Kennedy's contract from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

    Kennedy will start Tuesday's game against the Nationals in what will be his first appearance in the big leagues since 2018. The 28-year-old began this year pitching in independent ball before posting a 3.71 ERA and 37:12 K:BB over 43.2 frames covering eight starts at Louisville.

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  • Reds' Brett Kennedy: Expected to make start Tuesday

    Kennedy has been added to the Reds' taxi squad and is expected to be formally called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Tuesday versus the Nationals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Kennedy began this year in independent ball before latching on with the Reds on a minor-league deal and posting a 3.71 ERA and 37:12 K:BB over 43.2 frames covering eight starts at Triple-A. The 28-year-old last appeared in the majors back in 2018.

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  • Red Sox's Brett Kennedy: Joins Boston on MiLB deal

    Kennedy signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 25.

    Boston assigned him to Double-A Portland, with whom he tossed three scoreless innings in his first appearance Thursday. Before signing with Boston, Kennedy had been pitching in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with the Long Island Ducks. The 27-year-old righty previously made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2018, but he hasn't resurfaced in the majors since making six starts for San Diego that season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Pomona, NJ
Age: 29
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R