The Cincinnati Reds have made a set of roster moves today. The team announced earlier this afternoon that catcher Tucker Barnhart has been activated from the paternity list and that right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson was placed in the injured list with a back injury.
Barnhart and his wife welcomed a new addition to their family over the weekend and everyone is healthy and happy. And now he’s back in uniform for the Reds and ready to catch baseballs and throw out baserunners (and maybe hit some dingers, too).
Robert Stephenson hasn’t exactly had the healthiest summer, though it could be worse (see Marlins, Miami). During Summer Camp he was dealing with a little bit of a wrist issue that kept him off of the mound for a short period of time. And now today he’s been placed on the 10-day injured list with a back injury. The right-handed reliever pitched on Saturday against Detroit, giving up two runs while only recording one out in his appearance. He did not pitch on Sunday or on Monday.
As of now, there is no word on either Mike Moustakas, who is on the injured list, or Nick Senzel, who is currently not on the injured list. Both players have been away from the team since Sunday when they both reported feeling sick. This came a day after Matt Davidson got his results back that he had tested positive for COVID-19. All that we know is that neither player has tested positive to this point. We only know that because Major League Baseball released their report this afternoon stating that the only positive tests since Friday, out of over 6400, came from the Miami Marlins. It’s important to note, though, that we do not know how many players or personnel are still awaiting results from tests that took place in that time frame. Getting results over the weekend has been a challenge for Major League Baseball.