The Cincinnati Reds season continues to work against them. Prior to the game on Sunday in St. Louis the Reds announced that starting pitcher Sonny Gray was going to be placed on the 10-day injured list with a right mid-back strain. There are only two weeks left remaining in the season, meaning the Reds will likely be without one of their aces moving forward, with a chance he could make one start in the final series of the year. Taking his place on the roster is right-handed pitcher Sal Romano.
For Sal Romano, he was not on the 40-man roster. He was already in St. Louis as a part of the taxi squad, and the team activated him and added him to both the 40-man and the active 28-man rosters. The big right-handed pitcher has spent parts of the previous three seasons with the big league club in Cincinnati. He’s made 41 starts – all in 2017 and 2018, and he’s pitched out of the bullpen in another 26 games – including all 12 of his appearances in 2019. He had been pitching at the alternate site at Prasco Park this year.
The Reds rotation moving forward, including tomorrow’s double header against Pittsburgh has not yet been announced. David Bell had not yet made a decision on how that would go when he held his pre-game press conference with the media on Sunday, but said it would be coming soon. Given the news of Sonny Gray heading to the injured list, he was likely awaiting more information on how the roster would look before making the announcement.
At 20-26, Cincinnati has a lot of work to get done in the next two weeks if they want to have any shot at the playoffs. They likely can only afford another 2-4 losses if they want any real chance at making the playoffs. Losing Sonny Gray doesn’t help with that at all.