The Cincinnati Reds initially had third baseman Mike Moustakas in their starting lineup today. But just before 6pm ET, less than an hour before the start of the game, the Reds announced that he had instead been placed on the 10-day injured list with a non-COVID related illness retroactively to Saturday. The team also activated Alex Blandino who was on the injured list.
The timing with Mike Moustakas is interesting as he hasn’t played since April 14th when the team was in San Francisco. He’s been out ever since as he’s been dealing with an illness of some sort. With the suspension of Nick Castellanos leaving the team without his services for the next two days, not having Moustakas available would leave the bench short two players.
Of course, rosters today are now 26 players. It was just two years ago that they were 25 players, and teams would usually find a way to play a guy short for a few days instead of going without a guy for a week-and-a-half because they would just miss a few days. It feels like there was a chance that something else could have been done in order to not miss so much time. But, as always – there’s stuff we may not know about that the team does.
Alex Blandino rejoined the team from the injured list to fill out the roster. He was only on the injured list for three days. But he’s back now and apparently good to go.