The Cincinnati Reds are making some roster moves this afternoon. The team has called up outfielder Aristides Aquino and right-handed pitcher Tejay Antone from the Prasco Park roster. They will be taking place of Matt Davidson and Tucker Barnhart on the roster.
Matt Davidson has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive. He played in the game last night, so this could be worth keeping an eye on with regards to others on the team. Tucker Barnhart was placed on the 3-day paternity list. Best wishes to his wife, Tucker himself, and all of their friends and family.
For Aristides Aquino, he may take over the role as the right-handed hitting designated hitter that it seemed Matt Davidson could have been holding onto. Not that he showed big splits in the Major Leagues last season, he did hit .265/.333/.571 in 54 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers last season. If we include his time in Triple-A, though, that jumps up to .295/.359/.614 in 145 plate appearances in 2019.
Tejay Antone has been one of the more surprising players of 2020. The right-handed pitcher showed up in spring out in Goodyear with a fastball that was working 3-5 MPH faster than it had been the previous year as a starter. His outings were shorter given that it was spring training and he wasn’t getting “starter” innings, but sitting 96-98 MPH made for a very different kind of look from Antone. When he returned for Summer Camp in July it was more of the same. In one of the scrimmages against his teammates he struck out seven batters in 3.0 innings, showing off the newly found fastball velocity and a nasty slider while doing so. He’s never pitched in the Major Leagues before – so he will be making his debut whenever he makes an appearance in a game. As a starter, there is a chance he could pitch multiple innings when he does appear.