Ashcraft was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday with a left calf contusion.

Ashcraft had indicated after taking a comebacker off the calf Thursday versus the Dodgers that he would be fine for his next turn in the rotation. However, given his struggles over the last month -- the right-hander has surrendered seven or more runs in four of his last six outings -- it makes sense to give him some downtiime to get healthy and also work on things. With Ashcraft on the shelf, Andrew Abbott should remain in the Reds rotation.

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