RP - CIN - IL60
Lucas Sims will undergo season-ending back surgery this week, but should be ready for the start of spring training next year.
Sims appeared in six games this year before going on the IL with a herniated disc in his back, and he simply never got close to returning. He was the presumptive closer heading into the year, but he'll now likely need to earn that role back. He's under team control for two more seasons, so expect the Reds to be careful with him, but considering that it sounds like he'll be able to have a normal offseason, expect him to be ready to go at the start of the 2023 season.
Lucas Sims was moved to the 60-day IL Friday as he continues to recover from a bulging disc in his back.
Sims will now be out until at least mid-July as he continues to rehab his back. Sims has only thrown 6 and 2/3 innings this year and does not need to be rostered in redraft leagues. Once healthy, he could be worth taking a flier on as no one has established themselves as a reliable closer in the Reds bullpen.
Lucas Sims has been placed on the 15-day IL with back spasms. Dauri Moreta was optioned to AAA. Robert Duggar and Jared Solomon were called up.
It is unclear how long Sims will be sidelined or the severity of the injury. While there may not be many save opportunities in Cincinnati, Art Warren and Alexis Diaz are the likeliest candidates to fill in for Sims.
Reds reliever Lucas Sims delivered a scoreless eighth inning against the Pirates during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. He gave up two hits and one walk but escaped the jam by striking out three consecutive batters. The 27-year-old earned the win as Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 9-2.
Sims allowed five runs in his last outing on May 4, so it was relieving to see him settle down on Saturday. The three strikeouts look nice from a fantasy perspective, but it was a bit concerning that he first loaded the bases without recording an out. Sims is only relevant in deeper fantasy leagues.
Lucas Sims pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings on Saturday against the Rokcies.
Sims entered the game with a runner on third and the Reds down 4-2 in the sixth inning, a curious spot for someone widely considered to be the team's closer. He hadn't pitched in a game in nearly a week, so perhaps David Bell just wanted to get him some work in a high-leverage situation. Still, the Reds bullpen is worth monitoring closely, though considering they've won just three games all season, managers should look elsewhere for saves regardless.