Prior to the game on Thursday afternoon the Cincinnati Reds announced that they had placed infielder Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list retroactively to Wednesday. Moustakas injured his heel while in Colorado and has been relegated to pinch-hitting duties since. He will be eligible to come off of the injured list on May 29th. The team recalled Max Schrock to fill out the 26-man roster.
“I was surprised,” said manager David Bell before the game today. “I was positive based on the feedback I was given from Moose. I think he just wanted to play so bad, I know he was doing everything he possibly could to get back on the field, to get back in the lineup. But even from day one or day two he made himself available to pinch hit. Every day I would talk to him he was getting better. Definitely concerned by putting him into games that it was making him worse, so I kept asking that. And he said no. Finally they just did another exam and found a little more damage in there. The goal is still to get him back after 10 days. It’s not like a month or two months, the goal is to get him back in 10 days.”
Between Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas both being “bench only” players the last few days, Cincinnati has been playing with a short bench and it’s showed. Max Schrock gets the call up from Louisville. He hasn’t played much in Triple-A this season as he spent some time on the injured list, but he’s 5-13 (.385) with a walk and a strikeout for the Bats this season. He’ll be able to provide a lot of defensive options as he’s got experience at second base, third base, and in the outfield in the last two seasons. Oh, and he’s also thrown an inning – tossing a perfect inning for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.