The Reds announced that infielder Mike Moustakas has been placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to August 6) due to a left quad bruise. Right-hander Tejay Antone has been called up to take Moustakas’ roster spot.
It’ll be the second injured list stint this year for Moustakas, who missed three games earlier this year after entering COVID-19 protocol when he reported symptoms (though he never tested positive). The 31-year-old has already missed 8 of the Reds’ first 15 contests, owing to that scare and the quad injury that has kept him out of action since Tuesday.
The Reds had hoped that Moustakas would be healthy enough to return in time for their upcoming series versus the Royals, but evidently he’ll need a bit more time to recover. Through his first seven games, Moose is batting .238/.333/.524 with two home runs. With Moustakas on the shelf, it’ll likely be a combination of Christian Colon and Kyle Farmer picking up the slack at second base. Neither Colon nor Farmer has hit especially well in limited plate appearances this year.
Antone, meanwhile, has opened some eyes in his first two outings in the Majors—one as a starter and one in relief. He’s struck out nine batters in 8 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs. Reds fans will get to see more of him in the near future, though with no need for more starters at the moment he’ll be relegated to relief duty.
So are they moving Senzel back to 2B? The release of Dietrich looks weird now, unless they told him he was being passed over and that’s why he asked for a release.
I am assuming they’re not moving Matt Davidson to 2B or planning to start Christian Colon everyday.
Dietrich just got released by the Cubs, for presumably the same reason the Reds released him. He wants a full-time gig, not interested in being a bench player at this point.
Didn’t mean to send that …
I wouldn’t be opposed to playing Senzel at second temporarily. However, long term, he needs to stay in center as the lead starter. He’s gonna win a gold glove sooner than later in centerfield. Quite the accomplishment for a guy who came up as an infielder.
I’m dumb, I was thinking the Reds just released Dietrich because I was only looking at the photo.
Apparently a picture is NOT worth a thousand words …
They will absolutely not slide Senzel into 2B. He’s a CF now. They won’t mess with him like that.
Dietrich ask for his release because he wasn’t given a shot to be on the MLB roster. He wasn’t on the roster because he was absolutely awful for the entire second half of 2019. He’s got nothing left. I like him a lot but I was glad that they moved on.