The Cincinnati Reds are sending second baseman Mike Moustakas on a rehab assignment to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The assignment will begin on Tuesday when the Bats begin their series in Omaha. Manager David Bell said prior to the game on Monday night that it was likely that Moustakas would join the Reds on their road trip out to San Diego.
“Moose is going to play tomorrow night,” said Bell. “And the next night in Omaha. The plan is for him to still join us in San Diego.”
Bell added “Some time in that series (San Diego). We’ll see how it goes the first couple of days that he’s going to play. There may be a day of transition of travel, off day, then play the next day.”
It could be a short stint in Triple-A for Mike Moustakas if things go well. He last played in a game on May 18th when he pinch hit in San Francisco. He last started on May 14th in Colorado and that is when he initially injured his heel. At the time he hit the injured list he was hitting .241/.337/.437 through 104 plate appearances.
When he gets back to the Cincinnati Reds it will lead to an interesting situation that likely isn’t going to please many fans of the team. Mike Moustakas is going to play nearly every day. So is Eugenio Suárez. And so are Jonathan India and Joey Votto. Someone has to play shortstop among the group and the only one of those players who has done so this year is Suárez, who has played it about as poorly as possible.
Since moving to third base while Mike Moustakas has been out, Suárez has looked much better in the field. He’s had far more experience over the last few years at third base and he seems more comfortable there. I hesitate to even talk about runs saved in such a small sample size of 31 games, but he’s been +3 runs at third and -7 runs at shortstop (both samples are 31 games). Perhaps finding his defensive rhythm at third base over the last month will help him perform better on the defensive side of things if and when he slides back over to shortstop upon the return of Moustakas. While range was an issue, his glove work was just as much of an issue at the position.