On Friday night in Milwaukee the Cincinnati Reds lost both Nick Senzel and Pedro Strop to groin injuries. Senzel, the Reds starting center fielder, seemed to feel something in the first inning as he went 1st-to-3rd – arriving at third and appearing to try and stretch something out after getting to the bag. He remained in the game, but after his at-bat in the top of the 4th inning he was replaced in the lineup and he didn’t play on Saturday, and he is not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Strop took the mound later that night to start the 8th inning, but in the middle of an at-bat he felt something in his groin and had to be removed from the game.

Before the game on Sunday, manager David Bell spoke about both of them and had some good news and some not-so-good news.

“He’s fine. He’s going to be fine,” said Bell about outfielder Nick Senzel. “I don’t know what he’ll be available for today, he’s going to go out and test it. But Tuesday at the latest.”

The new wasn’t as good on the Pedro Strop front, though.

“Pedro, I think he’s trending towards some time off here,” said Bell. “No final decision, he’s still active today. He has not been placed on the IL, but he’s going to need some time.”

No move has been made yet. That means that the team will likely assess the situation once they get back to Cincinnati and not look to make a move until Tuesday if things look like the right-handed reliever is going to need to miss a chunk of time.

Updated at 1:30pm ET

Things changed quickly with Mike Moustakas. Before the game on Sunday, manager David Bell noted that they were still shooting for Moustakas to start on Tuesday. But an hour later the team placed Moustakas on the injured list, retroactive to Thursday. The team also recalled Tejay Antone, but he’s not expected to join the team until Tuesday when the Reds play their next game.

The rotation is changing, again

David Bell also spoke about the rotation coming off of the off-day on Monday. Starting on Tuesday the rotation will break down like this:

  • Tuesday – Luis Castillo
  • Wednesday – Wade Miley
  • Thursday – Anthony DeSclafani
  • Friday – Sonny Gray
  • Saturday – Trevor Bauer

This article was updated after it was first published as new information came about with regards to Mike Moustakas, and the roster moves that followed.

18 Responses

  1. ClevelandRedsFan

    Any idea why Bauer is getting the extra rest? That’s about a full week off for him.

    • Doug Gray

      I’ve got a theory that I’m writing about now – but TLDR (but please read it tomorrow) – he actually needs the rest. His velo has been down the last two starts (significantly, actually), going back to the day he warmed up but didn’t throw because the game was postponed, then threw the next day in the game.

  2. Mark Moore

    Is Bell intentionally trying to PO Trevor? How long between starts will it be for him with this new rotation?

    I get Miley comes back … no questions there. But the constant churn in the order seems beyond odd to me. Perhaps I just don’t understand things?

  3. BO

    Moose is now on 10 day IL which puts him out for another full week. Need a better way to cover 2nd than colon.

    • Aaron

      It would be nice to bring Garcia up from Prasco and see what he could do for a week

      • seadog

        We now have to watch—Using Garcia, there are two. Robel is on the 40 man. My feeling is he is the one that should be called up

    • MK

      Really don’t know what Colon has done so poorly. He has made some pretty good plays in the field, has really been hustling bases and has a few hits along the way. His minor and major league track record is better than Garcia.

      • DaveCT

        A veteran who knows and accepts his role is a valuable player.

  4. Doug Gray

    This article has been updated since it was first published to include new information about Mike Moustakas and Tejay Antone

    • RedAlert

      Lorenzen – lol
      Bell putting the game on ice –

  5. Tomn

    You said there was an update on Senzel but I didn’t see it – unless you are referring to him out til Tuesday. On CBS Sports app below the lineups for Sunday’s game, it says Senzel is expected to be out til 8/11.

    • Doug Gray

      The update, from the article, from David Bell about an hour ago:

      Before the game on Sunday, manager David Bell spoke about both of them and had some good news and some not-so-good news.

      “He’s fine. He’s going to be fine,” said Bell about outfielder Nick Senzel. “I don’t know what he’ll be available for today, he’s going to go out and test it. But Tuesday at the latest.”

      Could be available today in some way depending on how he felt after testing it out pre-game.

  6. RedAlert

    Send Lorenzen to Petco Park and send Bell there to stay as well;no excuse for Lorenzen to be on this roster or for Bell to be managing it

    • Sean D

      Bell has been completely fine. Agree with all of his pulls except Sonny’s today. He seemed like he was done. However, you can’t have it both ways, be mad for taking them out then be mad for leaving him in. Bringing in lorenzen seemed wrong, I would’ve put it Garrett but besides that Bell has been fine. Also hindsight is 20/20 people need to remember that!!!! This isn’t a Bell problem it’s a bullpen problem. I wouldn’t be against Lorenzen being optioned to prasco (does he have options?) is like to see hendrix or maybe Greene (idk bout him though).

  7. Ron

    Headlines I hope to see on Monday:

    1 Delino Deshields named interim manager.

    2 Reds add Lodolo, Greene and Garcia to roster.

  8. Chris

    Again, so I don’t get told my comments need edited…..we will never win with Bell. Does a terrible job with lineups, pitchers, situational stuff, etc. Why are guys like Colon and Janikowski even on the roster let alone starting and/or playing?? “The Punisher” set MLB records in his debut last summer/fall…..for that, he can’t even play on days a lefty starts?? It’s not like we are the 1927 Yankees lineup coming off roaring success…,just think about only this one complaint. Guy set MLB, not just Reds, records…..had decently long sample size. And even with Moose and Senzel out, we play other people. Enough said.

    • Sean D

      Aquino isn’t that good. Yes he set the world on fire, but he was awful in September and frankly has looked awful this year in his limited chances both in spring training/summer camp and in season.

      • DaveCT

        Agreed. His next step of development is to get a ome degree of consistency, as opposed to three pitch strikeout.