Pitcher Nick Howard and shortstop Alex Blandino, the Cincinnati Reds top two selections in the 2014 draft, have hit the disabled list while playing for the club’s High-A affiliate, the Daytona Tortugas.

A Tortugas spokesman said Thursday morning that Howard is suffering from soreness in his throwing shoulder and that Blandino has a fractured finger.

Howard, the 19th overall selection in 2014 draft out of the University of Virginia, has struggled mightily in 2015. The 22-year-old right-hander was moved from the rotation to the bullpen in May after five poor starts (18.2 innings, 10 earned runs, 23 walks, 17 strikeouts) to begin the year. For the season, Howard owns an FIP of 5.81 with 50 walks and 31 strikeouts in 38 innings. Howard last pitched on July 10, and it is unknown how long he will be out.

Blandino, the 29th overall pick in 2014 draft, has not suited up since July 1. The Tortugas spokesman did not know how Blandino suffered the injury or the length of time the 22-year-old Stanford University product is expected to miss.

Blandino was enjoying a sterling season with Daytona, slashing .295/.372/.428 with an OPS of .800 in 72 games. Blandino could have been in line for a promotion to Double-A Pensacola, especially considering his career minor-league slash is .289/.370/.452, and that he has a career minor-league OPS of .822.

Howard and Blandino join Nick Travieso, another top Reds prospect, on the shelf in Daytona. Travieso, selected 14th overall by the Reds in the 2012 draft, suffered a wrist contusion after he was struck by a comebacker during his last start on June 15. The 21-year-old righty owned a FIP of 3.15 in 13 starts for Daytona prior to the injury, posting a career-best K-BB% of 13.8%. There was no update on Travieso’s recovery Thursday morning.

This post has been updated with new information.

10 Responses

  1. jdx19

    If this org didn’t have bad luck they wouldn’t have any luck at all.

    • Grant Freking

      Yep. Been a tough year all around.

  2. Tom Gray

    Injuries happen to every team at every level. The Reds are no unique in that aspect.

  3. Gaffer

    Howard may break the string of Reds 1st rounders making the big show. It goes back to Ryan Wagner in 2003 (or really Homer in 2004 if you factor in longevity).

  4. lwblogger2

    You know, if Howard has been fighting his shoulder all year, it could explain why he has been so terrible this season.

    Injuries do indeed happen to every organization but the Reds have seemed to have more than their fair share the last couple years. There is a website that does man-games lost to injury for players placed on the DL at the MLB level but I haven’t seen anything similar for the minors. Also, a player has to be placed on the DL to be considered “injured” and most teams have a certain number of walking wounded that are day-to-day or playing at less than 100%

  5. WVRedlegs

    We need a minor league Milton, and his name can be Howard in honor of Nick Howard.

  6. Tom Diesman

    Grant, thanks for tracking down the injuries that landed Howard and Blandino on the DL. You didn’t happen to hear what put Ervin, who came off the DL when Blandino went on, on the DL a bit ago by any chance did you?

  7. redsfan06

    Boy, Grant. This information is not going far in convincing me the Reds should dismiss the chance to add more pitching in their upcoming trades. Particularly prospects who project as upper half of the rotation types.