The Cincinnati Reds continued to make a series of roster moves this morning. After last night’s report that reliever Dauri Moreta had been called up, the move was not announced until 20 minutes before expected first pitch of this afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It seemed we knew that part of the move was coming, but the move to make that happen is what we weren’t sure of and it turned out that wasn’t the only move coming. The Reds activated Tyler Stephenson, optioned Mark Kolozsvary to Triple-A, placed Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list, and designated R.J. Alaniz for assignment.
The big move that we had not covered is that of Mike Moustakas being placed back on the injured list. He’s headed there with Plantar Fasciitis on the same foot that kept him out for two months earlier this year. The first day active from that injured list, Moustakas went 3-4 with 3 doubles. Since then he’s gone 14-92 (.152) with a .465 OPS in 33 games. This move likely ends his season as the earliest he could be activated is the final game of the year.
Tyler Stephenson activated
Tyler Stephenson was activated from the injured list after spending just two days on the list. This would seem to indicate that he was in “close contact” protocols and that he was cleared to return to the field. Before the game was postponed this afternoon he was in the lineup as the starting catcher.
As a part of the chain reaction of moves that meant that catcher Mark Kolozsvary was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville where he had been prior to being called up on Monday.
TJ Antone moved to the 60-day IL
With all of these roster moves, the Reds needed to do a little more work to get the numbers right. That led to TJ Antone, who had Tommy John surgery last month, being moved to the 60-day injured list to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. For the Reds and Antone this changes nothing other than opening up a roster spot.
But Cincinnati needed two spots opened up on the 40-man with the call up of Moreta and that meant that reliever R.J. Alaniz was designated for assignment to clear the spot that was needed. Alaniz had thrown 2.2 innings with the big league club this year and allowed one run. Most of his season had been with Triple-A Louisville where he had a 3.46 ERA in 33 appearances this season.