The Cincinnati Reds’ right fielder Jay Bruce has been put on the paternity list for three days, this means Bruce will be nowhere to be seen in the three-game series against the Mets that started Monday night in New York. However, Bruce is expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh on Friday after his short leave.
Jay Bruce of Cincinnati Reds. Source: SportsBlog
Bruce, who leads the Reds with 15 RBI and hitting .265 with four home runs, is in Houston this week with his wife Hannah for the birth of their first child. Replacing Bruce for the game series will be right-hander reliever Layne Somsen from Triple-A Louisville. This will be the first time Somsen, 26 will be pitching in the majors. He has compiled a 1.04 ERA in five games at Triple-A this season.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 25, 2016
Somsen was Cincinnati’s 22nd-round pick in June 2013 out of South Dakota State University. Cincinnati.com cited Somsen as a resemblance of Tim Lincecum stating,
“When watching Somsen throw off the mound, it’s impossible not to immediately think of Tim Lincecum. The two have incredibly similar throwing motions, so much so that it’s hard to think it’s a coincidence.”
Layne Somsen pitches for Louisville Bats. Source: LeoWeekly
Even Somsen agrees to this,
“It’s just natural,” Somsen told The Enquirer during spring training. “It’s how I developed how to throw.”
Somsen talks about when he first started paying attention towards Lincecum,
“When I got to college, my college coaches started talking because that’s when he started getting big,” Somsen said. “I’d go and watch him and obviously I’d see how he did just simply because of the similarities. His is a little bit different, so I don’t take any mechanical stuff from him. It is weird is very similar.”
Somsen was a part of the big league camp for the Reds this spring, this is when he made a positive impression just like in Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. His short Double-A time comprised of 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 12 games and at Triple-A, he was 0-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 15 appearances and three starts.
— Matt Zimmer (@argusmattz) April 26, 2016