Eugenio Suárez is likely to be the Cincinnati Reds shortstop according to Reds General Manager Nick Krall. Speaking to the media this afternoon he showed some confidence in Suárez and the transition back to shortstop.
“It’s looking like he’s going to end up being the everyday shortstop,” said Krall on Saturday afternoon. “I feel good about it. He’s played well, he’s moved really well at short. He’s made all of the plays in the field. He’s done everything you need him to do and I’m excited about it.”
While the defense has been the focus for Suárez over the last week and a half as he’s tried to get reacclimated with shortstop after years of playing third base, his bat has been playing fairly well in Arizona, too. He’s hitting .278/.381/.500 with six extra-base hits in 14 games played.
Nick Senzel is day-to-day
Outfielder Nick Senzel is day-to-day with a mild groin strain. Nick Krall noted that he expects him to be ready for Opening Day. It’s been a strong showing this spring for the center fielder. Senzel has hit .324/.419/.541 with six walks and eight strikeouts in 43 plate appearances for the Reds, including two doubles and two home runs.
Reds cut Osich & Delmonico
The Reds released reliever Noé Ramirez earlier this afternoon. A few hours later the team announced more cuts, but these were just moves to send players to the minors. Left-handed reliever Josh Osich and outfielder/first baseman Nicky Delmonico were both reassigned to minor league camp.
Josh Osich had been picking up plenty of strikeouts, fanning 11 of the 34 hitters that he faced this spring. But guys were doing damage against him when they did make contact as he posted a 6.43 ERA in 7.0 innings where he allowed eight hits and five walks. Nicky Delmonico had hit well in his 28 plate appearances. The 28-year-old had a .292/.357/.458 line with three walks, five strikeouts, and four doubles on the spring for Cincinnati.
That leaves the roster at 34 players. A few more days to get down to the 26-man roster.