From 2010 through 2012, Logan Ondrusek was one of the top arms for the Cincinnati Reds in their bullpen. Each season, the lengthy right-hander posted an ERA below 3.70 and was a reliable, valuable option for manager Dusty Baker.
However, since 2012 the wheels have fallen off for Ondrusek. In 2013 he posted a 4.09 ERA in 52 appearances while tying a career high by allowing eight home runs and 26 runs in 55 innings. The start to 2014 has been even worse as he sports a 6.30 ERA. In just 10 innings pitched, Ondrusek has surrendered 17 hits, seven earned runs, a home run, five walks and has earned an 0-2 record.
Simply put, a team with an inconsistent bullpen cannot afford to keep Ondrusek on the 40-man roster, let-alone the 25-man roster. The Reds, somewhat inexplicably, chose to keep Ondrusek on the 25-man instead of power-throwing Curtis Partch (who has been sent back and forth to AAA Louisville). In 2014, Partch has allowed one hit and no runs over 4.1 innings.
To improve this team, the Reds should designate Ondrusek for assignment. The Reds have a few relievers pitching in AAA for the Louisville Bats who have been throwing well and could provide a possible upgrade over Ondrusek:
Adam Russell (RHP): 0.00 ERA, six games, 8.1 IP, two hits, eight strikeouts.
Jumbo Diaz (RHP): 1.53 ERA, 16 games, 17.2 IP, 13 hits, 16 strikeouts.
Ryan Dennick (LHP): 2.04 ERA, 16 games, 17.2 IP, 11 hits, 16 strikeouts.
By designating Ondrusek for assignment, the Reds would open up a spot for any of these three to be added to the 40-man roster and 25-man roster. With the struggles the bullpen has been facing lately, maybe fresh faces are exactly what this squad needs. Regardless, one thing is certain; struggling arms such as Ondrusek are not getting the job done.