The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Tyler Naquin from the injured list. He had been on there for a few days with no designation (which means he was on the COVID list – but to be sure to clarify that one does not have to test positive for COVID to be placed on the list, but to merely show symptoms that could be COVID). To make room on the 28-man roster the team optioned outfielder TJ Friedl back to Triple-A Louisville. But the team also needed to open up a spot on the 40-man roster to bring Naquin back and that leads us to the bad news that reliever Daniel Duarte is on the 60-day injured list now.
We can start with Daniel Duarte. The rookie made his big league debut on April 8th and pitched in three games with the club before he was placed on the 10-day injured list a week ago with a swollen right elbow. The 2020 Olympian (Team Mexico) will now be out for quite a while – not eligible to return until at least mid-June.
Tyler Naquin returns today and is back in the starting lineup and leading off. For an offense that’s been struggling, Naquin could be a breath of fresh air. He’s had four extra-base hits this season in just nine games and does bring some pop to a lineup that could use it as the Reds are dead last in the league with just nine home runs. They are also dead last with a comical .278 slugging percentage.
TJ Friedl’s stay in Cincinnati was a short one this time. He played in three games, going 0-7. He walked once and struck out three times while starting in center once and coming off of the bench to play right field in two games.
Cincinnati is getting a little bit healthier with both Lucas Sims and Tyler Naquin returning in the last two days. With that said they still have 11! players on the injured list – the most in Major League Baseball.