The Cincinnati Reds finally made a decision on Jonathan India’s injury status and placed him on the injured list, retroactive to Saturday. They weren’t done for the day, though, as they also placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the injured list with a right biceps strain, retroactive to Monday. Taking their place on the roster will be outfielder TJ Friedl and infielder JT Riddle.

Jonathan India last played on Thursday in Los Angeles. It took five days for the team to figure out whether or not he was injured enough to place on the injured list, playing short on the bench that entire time. He will be eligible to come off of the injured list on Tuesday.

Mike Moustakas was a late scratch from the lineup last night with the biceps strain, so at least the team figured that one out quickly enough to make a move and not leave the bench even shorter. He will be eligible to come off of the injured list on Friday.

The team called up outfielder TJ Friedl. He hit well in spring training, posting an OPS over 1.000. He has gotten out to a slow start in Triple-A this season, hitting .189/.362/.297 in 11 games with Louisville where he’s walked 9 times and struck out 10 times.

Cincinnati also purchased the contract of JT Riddle, which is a fancy way of saying that they added him tot he 40-man roster. For now the Reds 40-man roster is at 40 because Tyler Naquin is on the unspecified injured list and players on it do not count against the 40-man roster until they come back off.

TJ Friedl was welcomed to the team by being placed directly into the lineup and is starting in center for the Reds. The lefty will also be batting leadoff. Padres starter Joe Musgrove does have splits that favor left-handed hitters, so maybe Friedl could spark something in the lineup tonight.

34 Responses

  1. JB

    Good. Now let Friedl stay up and play and bring up Cedrola as well. Let’s get the youth movement going.

    • ryan

      .189 at Louisville does not bode well

      • JB

        I would rather see him play than Aquino or Fraley. Right .189 looks great compared to about 6 other guys that get starts.

  2. Old-school

    I guess the MLB shutdown over the winter and rushed start up helped both the players and the owners. What a farce. Cant wait to see how compressed 162 games and double headers and fewer days off helps things.

  3. Old-school

    I guess the MLB shutdown over the winter and rushed start up helped both the players and the owners. What a farce. Cant wait to see how compressed 162 games and double headers and fewer days off helps things.

  4. Jpser05

    Any report on Senzel? How is Acquino still starting?

    • Votto4life

      Well according to Bick Krall Nick Senzel is healthy. Must be one of David Bell’s “scheduled days off”. Lol

      • Melvin

        hahaha!!! It was on the schedule a couple of months ago right? 🙂

  5. Redgoggles

    It’s good to know that Moose still has biceps. He hasn’t lost *everything*.

  6. Harold

    The hits just keep on coming. Looking for maybe 120 losses. Hate to say it, but we could lose, maybe 120 games. Things are not getting any better. Go Reds!!! Let’s start a positive streak tonight. ONE IN ROW!!!

  7. Daytonnati

    I have a feeling Moose is going to be injured a lot this season and next.

  8. Bill J

    Has any other MLB team had as many injured or sick players over the last 3 years as the Reds?

    • Votto4life

      Exactly which is why I laugh when someone says “be patient, wait until everyone gets healthy”. The Reds never have everyone healthy at the same time.

  9. Melvin

    Friedl can’t do much worse than a lot of others right now. Might as well try. Senzel is always a mystery in one way or another and I’m afraid always will be. I’d like to see him succeed as much as anyone. If he does come back and has a good first half the wise thing to do would be to trade him. Considering his history that very well could be him at his peak. Of course I’m not confident Krall would get the most possible value for him if that did happen but that’s another topic.

  10. Melvin

    Don’t understand why Garcia can DH but TS can’t but oh well. lol

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    It’s really hard to comprehend how this team got this bad this fast. The answer is really simple they are being run by the equivalent of the three stooges and I am probably not be fair to the stooges.

    • Private Gripweed

      Zero depth and no chemistry.

  12. Redsvol

    This team needs Solano, Schrock, and Barerro back in the worst way. I would take .500 ball between now and May 28 and hope they can get hot when those 3 get back. Team needs some spark plugs.

  13. LDS

    The old saying about some people lie when the truth would serve them better applies here. When India was injured, it was only going to be a day or two and at one point “he was available off the bench”, same with Senzel. Yesterday, Moustakas was supposed to be back today. India and Moustakas are now on the injured list. Senzel? Supposedly back but nowhere near the lineup. It’s time for new AND competent leadership across the entire organization. Start at the top or at the bottom but this is not a good organization.

  14. Old-school

    Reds dont have many guys at 100% right now.
    Senzel is recuperating from stomach flu
    Naquin is 2 days behind him.
    India says he could go but do you really risk a hamstring on your best player over 3 games in April? Smart move.
    Moose is a walking soft tissue injury anatomy textbook.
    Pham and Votto and Stephenson have to carry the flag.
    Friedl gets his shot
    Lopez gets his shot
    DH the backup catcher in the 9 hole? Who does that?

    Aquino and Moran get more shots as they are in the DFA queue when this injury nonsense stops.

  15. Kevin H

    Senzel not line up after being deemed well. Yet Aquino still playing. Amazing

    • greenmtred

      One possible explanation, since none of us has the faintest idea what Senzel’s condition is, is that he is fatigued after dealing with stomach flu. Perfectly reasonable. Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to avoid that particular malady, but I haven’t, and I can tell you that it’s draining and requires a little time for recovery, even after the fever, vomiting, diarrhea and chills have subsided. You’ve had multiple days when you’ve had almost no effective nourishment.

  16. Votto4life

    It’s just baffling why the Reds wait so long to place an injured player on the IL. Remember last season how long Nick Castellanos was out before being put on the IL?

  17. Jim

    Bell really needs to stop giving injury updates. As soon as someone is ” available off the bench”, you can be sure they’re gonna be headed to the IL.

  18. Coach G

    One week ago I made my annual pilgrimage from the 315 area code (central NY State) to the 513 for Opening Day. I stayed with my life long friend and his family who grew up in the 315 and has, for many years, lived in the 513 (Loveland to be exact). Since 1975 I have been a Reds fan and my friend joined the ranks many years ago. We text all throughout the year regarding the prospects of the Reds next season and do so more frequently through spring training preparing for the pilgrimage and the excitement of a new season. This year we tried to be excited but could never quite get there following the carnage of the first few days of spring training.

    My point to this long winded story is that all of the carnage (aka trades, releases and non re-signings) led to the loss of production yes, but more importantly led to the loss of the locker room. Castellanos led with a chip on his shoulder. Gray and Miley were bulldogs on the mound. Winker was a fun loving breath of fresh air. Geno, for all his faults, was one of Votto’s favorite teammates ever. Tucker was rock solid and Garrett, for all his faults, was a bad dude!

    Chemistry is real when it comes to sports. This team has none. When things aren’t going well who is the voice who steps up and motivates? Who even acts like they want to. Young talent is great and can be exciting to watch when surrounded by veteran leadership. The veterans are lost and the young guys have nobody to follow. Will it change? Maybe. I sure hope so. Until then I fear this is what we will see.

  19. Old-school

    Epidemic of GI illness going around. My wife had it as did her office colleagues which knocked out staff 3-4 days and a mess for 10 days. Being back at office work 80% is not the same as being back 100% to play professional sports. A 100% AAA guy is better than a 60% MLB guy. MLB is hard enough. Trying to compete at 60% after vomiting and diarrhea and fever and not eating 3 days isnt flipping a switch to 100%

    These are human beings.

    • Votto4life

      Old – School …Yeah my mother, brother and myself have each dealt with it over the past three weeks. I have no doubt Senzel has actually been ill.

    • Jon

      Then why activate him last night? Leave him on the IL and bring someone else up, especially since the Covid IL doesn’t affect the 40-man roster.

      • greenmtred

        They brought up Friedl to play center. If Senzel is able keep stuff down he’ll be ready to play soon.

  20. Jeff Morris

    Year after Year, same old thing…..injuries, injuries, and more injuries for the Reds. I just believe the Reds are snakebitten…how else can you explain it!

  21. Jeff Morris

    The Reds already lead the Majors with 12 players on the Injured List…