A series of roster moves today:

The Reds announced on Monday that they have placed on the 10-day disabled list veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo and shortstop Zack Cozart, summoning prospects Jesse Winker and Ariel Hernandez to Cincinnati in their stead.

Arroyo’s trip to the DL is due to shoulder troubles, while Cozart will rest a strained right quad.

My guess is that this trip to the disabled list will be the final one of Arroyo’s career. More on that in the coming days.

The Cozart news is discouraging, in light of the fact that (a) he’s struggled with injury problems the last couple of years and (b) it was just announced today that Cozart continues to lead National League shortstops in All-Star voting. Hopefully, this will be a quick 10-day stint and Cozart will be right back out on the field thereafter.

On the other hand, I’m very excited to see Jesse Winker and Ariel Hernandez returning to Cincinnati. Winker has been crushing the baseball at Triple-A Louisville, and at some point, he’s going to be on the big league roster to stay. I hope he gets an opportunity to play a little this time around.

As for Hernandez, well…if you saw him pitch the last time he was in Cincinnati, you’ll be as excited as I am to watch him again. (Here’s a recap, if you don’t remember.) This guy has electrifying stuff.

Update: Zack acts like it isn’t very serious. 

8 Responses

  1. David

    I think Winker’s time has come, but there is no real “everyday” slot for him to play.

    1) Winker subs for Duvall, who needs to rest periodically because of his diabetes
    2) Schebler plays some centerfield to give Billy a day off. Either Duvall or Winker play right field.
    3) Votto gets a day off, and Duvall plays first base. Winker plays left field.
    4) And, of course, he plays as a DH or LF when they play interleague in AL ball parks.

    An imaginative manager could find ways to get Jesse at-bats weekly. And then, there is Bryan Price.

    • Still a Red

      Mmmm…I think Price has been pretty good getting Gennett some playing time.

      Also, Suarez seems to be slowing down a little this month. Last night he looked pretty listless at the plate…maybe giving him a little spell will present more opportunities to shuffle Winker in.

      • David

        Gennett can play 2nd, 3rd, Left and Right. Could probably play SS in a pinch.
        Winker plays Left Field.

      • Still a Red

        True…not as many options, but Duvall’s flexibility may allow more opportunities to put Winker in…and that Price is not that bad at getting someone of Winker’s capabilities into the lineup.

  2. D-Train

    Glad that Winker is up for a series with an AL team and the DH. Best bat they could bring up from Louisville. However, still baffled as to why everyone wants to play musical chairs with the lineup everyday to get him in. He’s not playing because he is at best your 4th of (and I could make the case that he’s fifth after Gennett)! In the last two years in AAA, he’s hit 5 HRs. For comparison, Billy Hamilton has hit 4 in the majors. And unlike Senzel, who hasn’t hit a lot of homers this year, but hits a ton of doubles which shows that he’ll probably add power as he matures, Winker doesn’t even hit a lot of doubles.

  3. james garrett

    Winker needs to play because he can hit and gets on base which is two things Hamilton struggles with after 4 year in the majors.Yes his stats are from the minors and how they play in the majors is yet to be seen but you have to play him to find out.Winker had wrist problems and didn’t play half his games in GABP as did Billy.I just feel as I have said all along with our young pitchers you just have to let them play and unlike some of the pitchers Winker has earned his promotion so lets give him a shot.Now a shot is not riding the bench and pinch hitting once a week.A shot is 3 or 4 games out of 7.Given that opportunity the balance of the year could tell the Reds something.

    • David

      The Reds have to figure out just how good Winker is. Do they keep him, do they trade him, is he super sub? He’s ready to play in the ML, just needs some at bats.

    • Bubba Woo

      He’s got decent minor league stats. My point would be is that his AAA stats aren’t nearly as good as Schebler and Duvall’s ML Stats (and they are both still young and under team control for the next 4-5 years). The only OF he has better stats than is Hamilton, who is a Gold Glove Center Fielder, a position none of the other three can play.

      This reminds me of when we had Yonder Alonso and everyone was saying that we had to find away to get him into the lineup, even though he was too slow to play the OF and we had Votto at 1B. So we ended up including him in the trade for Latos, which worked out well. Alonso ended up being a slightly above average ML hitter with no power (that is until this year, when he apparently started taking some, ahem, vitamins). My guess is that Winker will have a similar career. I’d personally include him in a deal with Cozart and try to get a young arm with Ace potential.