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.