Update: This move didn’t last very long. Reds third baseman Eugenio Suárez has been placed on paternity leave, and the Reds have brought back Aristides Aquino to the active roster. Original story below.
The Cincinnati Reds needed to get their roster back to 28 players following the double header on Monday after adding Nick Senzel to the roster for the day after he had been on the injured list for the previous month. Adding Senzel likely meant that an outfielder was going to be the group from which someone would be removed from the roster following the day and that’s exactly what happened as the team chose to send Aristides Aquino back to the alternate roster at Prasco Park.
On Sunday in St. Louis, Aristides Aquino came through with a 2-run homer for Cincinnati as they beat up the Cardinals bullpen in a 10-5 win and picked up a series win for the first time in a month. The outfielder played in game one of the double header on Monday, going 0-3 in the game and having his triple-slash line fall to .179/.361/.321 on the year in his 15 games played (28 at-bats).
PLAYOFFS?! YOU KIDDING ME? PLAYOFFS?!
If you are of a certain age, you must recall the famous Jim Mora post game interview where he gets into a short tangent about playoffs. Well, that’s certainly how many Cincinnati Reds fans have felt for most of this season. After a win on opening day…. well, things certainly haven’t been going the way that anyone expected. But after taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend and then sweeping a double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, all of a sudden the Cincinnati Reds are one game out of a playoff spot.
The Reds moved into third place in the National League Central, too. With their two wins, and the Brewers two losses, Cincinnati jumped a half-game ahead of Milwaukee and into third place. In the wild card race, which goes to the best two records in each league among teams that are not in 1st or 2nd place in their division, the Phillies and Giants are currently the 7th and 8th seeds. Philadelphia is 23-23, while San Francisco is 23-24. The Reds would be 1.5 games back of the Phillies and they are 1.0 game back of the Giants.
Matt Bowman to have Tommy John surgery
The Cincinnati Reds announced that right-handed reliever Matt Bowman would have Tommy John surgery later this week. He had been on the injured list this year. He was removed from the 60-man player pool on Monday afternoon, which leaves the Reds overall player pool at 59 players. Here’s what the updated alternate roster look like:
|R.J. Alaniz||RHP||Mark Kolzsvary||C|
|David Carpenter||RHP||Francisco Peña||C|
|Brandon Finnegan||LHP||Alex Blandino||INF|
|Hunter Greene||RHP||Tyler Callihan||INF|
|Ryan Hendrix||RHP||Christian Colón||INF|
|Jay Jackson||RHP||Matt Davidson||INF|
|Joel Kuhnel||RHP||Robel García||INF|
|Nick Lodolo||LHP||Rece Hinds||INF|
|Riley O’Brien||RHP||Jonathan India||INF|
|Lyon Richardson||RHP||Alfredo Rodriguez||INF|
|Tony Santillan||RHP||Aristides Aquino||OF|