The Cincinnati Reds have activated infielder Mike Moustakas from the 10-day injured list. To make room on the 26-man roster the team optioned outfielder Mark Payton to the alternate site roster.
Mike Moustakas hasn’t played since April 14th against San Francisco went he went 1-3 with a double. He was put on the injured list with a viral infection that he struggled to rebound from (non-COVID related). At first the Reds were hoping he would miss just a day or two, but Moustakas simply didn’t recover as quickly as hoped for and the team wound up needing to make the roster move.
When he hit the injured list, Mike Moustakas was hitting the ball fairly well on the season. Through his 12 games played the left-handed hitter was rocking a .289/.404/.553 line on the season with as many walks, seven, as strikeouts. He had also picked up four doubles, two home runs, and scored 10 runs.
For Mark Payton it was a short lived stint with the big league club this go around. He’ll head back to Louisville where the Reds alternate site is and unless he is called back up in the next week, should begin the season there with the Triple-A Louisville Bats on May 4th when their season officially begins.
The lineup is out for tonight’s game and Mike Moustakas is back in there and hitting cleanup. With a right-handed pitcher on the mound, David Bell is going with more of a lefty batting order that includes Tyler Naquin hitting 5th and starting in center field and Tucker Barnhart behind the plate and hitting 7th. Kyle Farmer is also starting at shortstop tonight in place of the struggling Eugenio Suárez.
Hopefully the Reds can keep things moving in the right direction with Moustakas back in the lineup after last night’s extra-innings win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He brings some extra pop to the middle of their lineup and that never hurts your chances at scoring runs.