When it was announced that Joey Votto had fractured his thumb and would be heading to the injured list there was a lot of discussion about how the defense could possibly be moved around and shook up to give the Reds the best mix of both offense and defense in his absence. This afternoon when the lineup was announced it saw Eugenio Suárez at third base. It also had Nick Senzel at second base, Kyle Farmer at shortstop, Mike Moustakas at first base, and Jonathan India on the bench. One lineup doesn’t mean it’s written in stone as “the plan” moving forward. But boy did that lineup get people all kinds of #madonline.
In the few hours since that lineup came out there has been far too much thought (and in some cases, anger) put out there on what it means. The manager of the Cincinnati Reds did not even have a chance to address the media and answer any questions or even explain the single day lineup.
“I think we’ll take it one day at a time,” said manager David Bell about the defensive situation. “This is all very new. One of the things that has made it nice is that we have players that are versatile and we have players that are more importantly willing to do whatever it takes to open up possibilities to put our best team on the field each night.”
The next few weeks without Joey Votto could see plenty of shuffling around of the lineup and the positions. The Cincinnati Reds have plenty of possible options as to where plenty of guys could play.
“I do think it’s a day to day thing,” Bell said. “Geno showed that he played a solid shortstop. That’s certainly not off the table. There’s a high likelihood when Joey comes back that it would go back to the way that it was. It just opens up the possibility like I said to put our best team on the field each night.”
Mike Moustakas, who is moving from one corner of the infield today to the other, is echoing much of what Bell said. He seems to expect some movement depending on the day and how things are shaking out.
“I think it’s a day-by-day type of thing we’re going to do,” said Mike Moustakas on playing first base. “Today’s lineup I’m obviously at first base, but tomorrow could be different, the next day could be different. I think that’s a strength we have though is being able to play multiple positions. A lot of guys can play multiple positions, so being able to have that flexibility is really nice.”