The Cincinnati Reds are banged up. Before the game against Chicago this afternoon the team called up catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A. He took the place on the 25-man roster of Raisel Iglesias who went on the paternity list. The Reds needed a third catcher because Curt Casali and Kyle Farmer were both unavailable today.
#Reds injury updates: Curt Casali is expected to go on the IL. Kyle Farmer was unavailable today and will be re-evaluated for a concussion. Dietrich/Senzel optimistic their injuries are day-to-day.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 17, 2019
Before jumping back into what this means for the Reds, from a personal standpoint it’s terrifying that Kyle Farmer is going to be re-evaluated for a concussion. He was evaluated at the time on Tuesday night and left in the game.
Now, back to what this means for the Reds. With Tucker Barnhart still out, and the potential that both Curt Casali and Kyle Farmer could be hitting the injured list as well, it leaves the Reds in a bit of a pickle. They obviously made the move to bring up Graterol. He’s an all-glove, no-hit catcher. The definition of an emergency third catcher for the Major Leagues. He had spent a majority of the time in Triple-A as the main catcher for the Bats.
The next option would seem to be Stuart Turner. He’s played in all of 24 games this season and is hitting .157/.195/.169. Behind him could be Chad Tromp, who was just activated from the injured list for Louisville. Tromp injured his shoulder last August and has been rehabbing his way back ever since. He began getting work on a rehab assignment with the Arizona League Reds – the lowest level of the minor leagues in the United States less than a month ago. He played 16 games there and hit .271/.410/.500 with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts. The 24-year-old has not at another level yet this season. Last year he split his time between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville, hitting a combined .259/.336/.340.
Turner and Tromp are not on the Reds 40-man roster. To bring them up the team would need to add them. The roster is full, so someone would need to be placed on waivers.
Both Nick Senzel and Derek Dietrich left the game with injuries on Wednesday. Dietrich was hit by yet another pitch. This one was in the knee and he exited the game. Senzel appeared to feel something while running the bases late in the game and was replaced in the field. Both sound optimistic that they’ll be available tomorrow according to C. Trent Rosecrans.
Both Derek Dietrich and Nick Senzel said they think they'll be fine tomorrow
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 17, 2019