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Reds designate veteran pitcher and call up former 2nd round pick from Class AAA

The Reds on Tuesday announced they have designated former National League All-Star pitcher Yovani Gallardo for assignment. (Texas Rangers/MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Veteran pitcher Yovani Gallado didn't last very long in a Reds uniform as the team on Tuesday designated him for assignment.

To take his place on the roster the Reds selected the contract of pitcher Tanner Rainey from Class AAA Louisville.

When he pitches for the Reds, Rainey will make his Major League debut. So far this season he made two hitless relief appearances for the Bats and in two innings walked one and struck out five.

Rainey was selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2015 draft out of the University of West Alabama.

In 97 games in Rookie League, Class A and Class AA he compiled a 10-13 record with a 4.51 ERA. He was a starter his first two seasons in 2015 and 2016, but all 53 appearances in 2017 were in relief.

Gallardo was signed by the Reds on March 30 and made three relief appearances in which he allowed eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

At the time Gallardo signed with the Reds he had pitched in 298 Major League games - with 289 of those starts - and compiled a 113-93 record with a 3.93 ERA.

Last season he pitched for the Seattle Mariners and was 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA in 28 games, 22 of which were starts.

His best season came in 2011 with the Brewers when he went 17-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts and finished seventh in the National League Cy Young voting.

He made the mid-season National League All-Star team in 2010.

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