The Cincinnati Reds have made some roster moves before their games on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. Outfielder Nick Senzel was placed on the injured list without any designation (read into that what you will). Taking his spot on the active 28-man roster is infielder Mike Moustakas, who has been on the injured list with a quad injury for the last two weeks. Moustakas is in the starting lineup for game 1 of the Reds vs Royals doubleheader as the teams designated hitter.
As is the case with doubleheaders in Major League Baseball, teams can have an additional player on their roster and for today in Kansas City that player is Robel García. He was picked up on waivers from the Chicago Cubs in July and has been at the Prasco Park facility working out as a member of the alternate site roster ever since. The switch-hitter played in 31 games last season for the Cubs and slugged .500 with nine extra-base hits in just 72 at-bats. But he also struck out 35 times in that stretch. Between Double-A and Triple-A last season he hit .284/.369/.586.
The Reds Taxi Squad for the road trip
Cincinnati will play two games today in Kansas City before heading to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in four straight games Thursday through Sunday. Beginning on Monday they will begin a 4-game series in Milwaukee. Their taxi squad of players is currently four guys, though that doesn’t include Robel García. Catcher Tyler Stephenson, infielders Alex Blandino and Christian Colón, as well as outfielder Mark Payton are on the trip as the taxi squad.
The Reds rotation the rest of the week
With the doubleheader today, and no off days for the next two+ weeks, the rotation needs someone beyond their normal five starting pitchers to step in at some point. Yesterday manager David Bell wasn’t ready to unveil the rotation beyond the starters for Wednesday, but today it was announced that Sonny Gray, Anthony DeSclafani, Wade Miley, and Tyler Mahle would start the four games, in that order, in St. Louis to follow the series in Kansas City. It’s not surprising that Mahle gets the nod as the “other starter”. It essentially had to come down to either him or Tejay Antone. Still on the roster, it seems that Antone will remain in the bullpen for the time being.