The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves this evening, 105 minutes prior to the game they activated outfielder Nick Senzel and placed Tyler Naquin on the injured list with no designation.
There are a few things to tackle here – first is that this came at the Reds quickly. Earlier today it was reported that Nick Senzel was feeling better after having a stomach flu and would be activated on Tuesday. But all of that changed when Tyler Naquin got sick. We know that much because he was placed on the injured list with no injury designation. That’s the same list that Nick Senzel was on. Both Senzel and reliever Ryan Hendrix were sick this past week, so it’s possible that Naquin caught the same thing that they had. While teams don’t have to specify a player is on the COVID injury list, when they place someone on the injury list without an injury designation, that’s what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean the player has COVID, just that they are showing symptoms that could be COVID even if there is no positive test. There is no time limit on when a player could return from this injured list.
The roster move meant that the Reds had to make a change to their lineup because Tyler Naquin was originally batting second and starting in right field for Cincinnati.