This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds placed catcher Tyler Stephenson on the injured list. Taking his place on the roster is catcher Mark Kolozsvary.
With Tyler Stephenson the announcement made no designation of an injury. In the past that has meant the COVID-related injured list. That would make the most sense, too, given that the team has 40 players on the 40-man roster (non-60-day members) and had to add Mark Kolozsvary to the 40-man in order to bring him up and there was not a corresponding roster move announced to facilitate that. Players on the COVID-related injured list don’t count for the roster count.
If and when Tyler Stephenson returns to the roster the organization will have to make a roster move to get their 40-man roster back to 40 active players. What is a bit interesting here is that the Reds had a catcher, Beau Taylor, already on the 40-man roster and decided to go in a different direction and add Kolozsvary instead of calling up Taylor from Triple-A.
As far as things go for Kolozsvary – what a year it’s been. He made some headlines back in spring training when he homered off of reigning Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber. Then he was invited to play with Team USA this summer at the Olympics and was the starting catcher while bringing home a silver medal. Now he is ending his season by being called up to the big leagues for the first time.
Mark Kolozsvary has long been known for his defensive abilities behind the plate. He’s got a strong and accurate arm and is touted as calling a good game and working well with the pitchers. His bat has not always looked great, but he’s having one of his better seasons this year. Between Double-A and Triple-A this season he’s hit .219/.327/.411. He’s only played in 55 games this year due to Olympic qualifying and then playing in the Olympics, but he’s set a career high in home runs with seven.