The trade deadline has come and gone and the Cincinnati Reds did not make a trade today. After adding three relievers earlier this week it feels like they were the only team in Major League Baseball that didn’t make a significant trade this afternoon as the 4pm ET deadline approached.
What the team did do, today, was activate right-handed reliever Michael Lorenzen from the injured list. To create a spot on the 26-man roster the team optioned Tony Santillan to Triple-A Louisville.
For Lorenzen, his recovery has been incredibly fast after pulling up lame when he scored on a sacrifice fly in extra innings two weeks ago against Milwaukee. The righty has only played in one game this season. He missed the entire first half of the year when a shoulder injury that he suffered in spring training. His hamstring is good to go tonight in New York and he’ll be ready to pitch out of the bullpen if necessary.
Manager David Bell noted in his pre-game press conference with the media today that Tony Santillan would remain as a reliever while in Triple-A Louisville. Fair or unfair, Santillan was going to be the guy that was sent down for now because he was the only pitcher in the bullpen who has options remaining. When Lucas Sims comes back – he’s just beginning his rehab assignment with Louisville this week – it may make for a tougher decision for the Reds front office. The team is also looking at Michael Feliz, and hopefully sooner rather than later Tejay Antone. Feliz is on a rehab assignment with High-A Dayton currently, while Antone has not been sent on an assignment yet but is throwing bullpen sessions.
Mike Moustakas to play third base on rehab
There’s going to be a lot of discussion about where to play Mike Moustakas when he returns to the Reds lineup. But to fuel that one we were told this afternoon by manager David Bell that while on rehab – he’s set to begin an assignment with Triple-A Louisville tonight – that Moustakas would play “mostly third base and maybe some second base”. Read into that what you will, and we are sure that you will.