Freddy Galvis got out to a late start in spring training after having a sore shoulder. When he did begin playing he was limited to designated hitter. Then the Cincinnati Reds starting shortstop tweaked his left quad the other day, had an MRI, and is now projected to miss the next 5-7 days according to Jesse Borek of MLB.com.
The Reds are sort of a walking infirmary right now. Nick Senzel just got back into the lineup this afternoon after having shoulder surgery last September – and he’s limited to participating as a designated hitter right now as he continues his throwing program. Eugenio Suarez hasn’t yet been cleared to play in games after his shoulder surgery earlier this year, and when he does return he too will be limited early on in his action to designated hitting.
But one of issues that the Reds face with regards to Galvis that they don’t with Senzel or Suarez, is that they don’t have a good option to play in his place. The Reds have some outfield depth, and if they do need a third baseman they’ve got options there, too. But at shortstop it’s Freddy Galvis and then a few guys on the 40-man roster who can sort of play backup shortstop, but aren’t guys you’d like to see there on a daily basis. For the Reds sake, the hope has to be that Galvis recovers just fine and is good to go when the season begins – Opening Day is now three weeks away.
On the 40-man roster it seems that the options would be Kyle Farmer or Alex Blandino. Blandino has significantly more experience at the position as a professional, but Farmer has been talked about as the backup shortstop by manager David Bell. If the Reds have to go to someone else in the organization, that’s when they may have to look at guys like Alfredo Rodriguez or Blake Trahan – both of whom are not on the 40-man roster. While Jose Garcia is lighting up pitchers early on this spring, it’s unlikely they’d add him to the 40-man roster and put him at shortstop out of the gate given that he’s never had a single at-bat above A-ball.