The Cincinnati Reds have made a few roster moves today. The big one is that they have activated infielder Mike Moustakas from the injured list. Moustakas was on the 60-day injured list and thus was not on the 40-man roster at the time. Being activated meant that he needed a spot on both the 40-man roster AND the 26-man roster. That required two roster moves to be made. Reliever Michael Feliz was transferred to the 60-day injured list and that created the spot on the 40-man. Utility player Mike Freeman was then optioned to Triple-A Louisville to create a roster spot on the 26-man roster.
Mike Moustakas last played on May 18th against San Francisco. He had injured his foot a few days earlier in Colorado and had made two pinch hit appearances against the Giants before being placed on the injured list. About a month later he went on a rehab stint. He would go 1-3 on June 15th but left mid-game after discomfort in his foot and he returned to Cincinnati. It would be six more weeks before he would go back out on a rehab assignment. Things went much better this past week for Moustakas while with Louisville. He went 5-14 (.347) with a walk, double, and a home run. And most importantly, he was healthy and remained so. Tonight he’s in the lineup, starting at third, and he’s batting 5th.
For Mike Freeman, he’ll head back to Triple-A. He had long been the default backup shortstop on the roster. Who exactly fills that role now is uncertain, but it could be Eugenio Suárez if Kyle Farmer were to need replacing during a game, and perhaps if it’s something more long term the starting role could go to Jose Barrero, who is down in Triple-A hitting the cover off of the ball for the Bats.
The transfer of Michael Feliz to the 60-day injured list doesn’t tell us too much yet about when he could possibly return. His last game in the big leagues was exactly two months ago today. He pitched two nights ago on a rehab stint with the Louisville Bats. His stay on the 60-day injured list may be a short one, though he can remain on his current rehab assignment for a little more than two weeks before he would have to be returned.