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.

26 Responses

  1. JB

    I believe at some point in time, before September 1st, Barrero will be brought up. They will want him up so he can be on the playoff roster in case something happens to Farmer.

  2. Bet on Red

    The roster dance begins. Lineup posted with Moose playing third and Suarez riding pine

  3. MK

    Just do not see with the current personnel where
    Michael Feliz fits into the future. Why not just release him.

    • Bet on Red

      i think that is what they are going to do, but they want to hold him as long as possible to make sure there are no injuries to other pitchers. He ain’t complaining cause he knows he doesn’t fit right now and is still collecting MLB money

    • Eddie

      We can’t released him since he is still on the IL and has to be off the list complete before he can be cut.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Good news… Freeman should be in AAA for the season remaining though Blandino is a better option as utility if he gets healthy… I think maybe we will see Barrero playing in september but not before, unless an injury arises, God forbid…

  5. Jim Walker

    I saw a tweet from beat writer Mark Sheldon that catcher Beau Taylor (AAA; on the 40 man roster) has been moved to the Taxi squad. Guessing this means Tyler Stephenson is day to day with his hamstring issue?? Probably also underscores that Kyle Farmer is not going behind the plate in anything short of an emergency situation.

  6. Cory

    I wonder if we’ll have a platoon situation at 3rd

  7. Votto4life

    It’s nice having such an exiting core of young players. The rebuild has been brutal. All of those 70-75 win seasons. At my age, I was really beginning to wonder if I would ever live see the Red’s next “window”.

    The next few years should be a lot of fun.

  8. Old-school

    The roster crunch is just starting.
    Ender Inciarte is leading off in CF at AAA
    Senzel is hitting #2 at the DH
    Barrero #3 at SS.

    Senzel it appears will get an extended rehab.

    • Jim Walker

      Perhaps most notable is that there is currently no DH in the NL? We know why NS is not at SS, 3B, or 2B; but why is he not in CF or even a corner OF spot?

      • Old-school

        Joe burrow didnt practice 2 days ago before an off day.

        I think just going slow after a knee injury and need more time till 28 man roster to figure out who gets DFA’d

        Senzel is going to be in CF and playing regularly. Hes getting a longer rehab

        Reds are going to need Barrero soon as best 26 and insurance SS and semi regular

        Suarez isnt a SS

  9. Melvin

    Let’s hope Farmer doesn’t go down during the game. haha We know who would replace him. Farmer is really messing everything up by playing so well. Very inconsidereate of him. haha Otherwise we could just bring up Barrero and then move Mr. Durable to a backup role at ALL infield positions. Very selfish. 🙂

  10. DaveCT

    Well, one, let’s hope Moose doesn’t have a slow start. And, two, what’s the worst that could happen, performance-wise? And I say this a Geno fan.

    Senzel’s eventual return provides another roster puzzle. Outside of another OF injury, someone departs.

    One question, though, is whether the PTBNL to NYY will involve someone like Aquino, Shogo, Naquin, or Senzel himself. And nothing would surprise me.

    • VaRedsFan

      No chance they are the PTBNL. When he is announced, there’s a good chance that Doug is the only one that’s ever heard of him.

  11. Indy Red Man

    So Geno finally gets a little hot and now he’s riding pine. 4 hrs/8 rbis/4 walks in his last 9 games. Everyone gets what they ask for I guess. Moose makes us stronger so its all good in the end, but next year is going to be pivotal! Barrero and Farmer? Something has to give?

    • Indy Red Man

      Its pretty impressive for any hitter to hook one deep but foul and then still keep your hands inside and go deep the other way in the same at-bat.

      • Old-school

        Not against Deck McGuire or Rookie Davis or Jackson Stephens or Asher Wojo or the 2017 Reds….errrr….2021 Pirates SP in GABP in August

    • DaveCT

      A 30 year career utility man is what will give, IMO. And its not very close.

      However, a young Barrero will likely see-saw a bit in his first full ML season and Farmer can easily get 400 plus at bats playing all over, I’d think. So, SS won’t (hopefully) be a problem. A year late for this, well, yeah, and thanks for that front office.

      3B, on the other hand, …

    • RojoB

      “ So Geno finally gets a little hot and now he’s riding pine.”

      Now he knows how Alejo López and Max Schrock feel

      • Jim Walker

        $18M at the pay window trumps $11M……

      • Old-school

        Jim nailed it. Plus moose is better and has done more

        World series winner and All time home run king KC

      • TR

        The injuries aside, Moose’s time with the Reds has been disappointing, for me, so far. An acquisition not needed since Senzel should have been in waiting for third base.

      • greenmtred

        Kind of, maybe, but with a crucial difference: Lopez and Shrock don’t have his resume or time as a highly valued player in MLB. I’m not advocating for sitting Moustakis, to be clear, but it’s fair to point out that Geno has–hidden in the very obvious futility–put up pretty good power numbers this season.

  12. Maloney63

    Suarez will still platoon at 3B, and perhaps a bit more, I would imagine. They’ll be careful with Moose. By the way, Senzel is hitting .100 in his rehab assignment and wasn’t hitting when he got hurt, so this could be a lengthy stay at Louisville.