The Cincinnati Reds have made several moves this afternoon prior to the start of the series against the San Diego Padres. Jonathan India was activated from the injured list. He spent the minimum 10 days on the injured list after straining his right hamstring. The team also added Matt Reynolds to the 28-man roster. Cincinnati also designated JT Riddle for assignment. Creating more room on the 28-man roster the team optioned Alejo Lopez back to Triple-A Louisville.
Getting Jonathan India back will go a long way towards helping a struggling offense. The reigning rookie of the year gives the team more patience at the plate and some pop in the lineup that needs both more than ever.
Alejo Lopez heads back to Triple-A after going 5-19 (.263) with a walk and two strikeouts in the seven games that he played after being called up. After starting out 0-10 in the previous series against the San Diego Padres, he went 4-9 over the three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals this past weekend.
After acquiring Matt Reynolds over the weekend, picking him up on waivers from the New York Mets, the Reds officially added him to the big league roster today. He’s hit a little better than JT Riddle has in the minors over the past few years, but neither of the two should be asked to do any kind of hitting in the big leagues given their track records. Maybe he’s an upgrade of some kind in the field due to a little more experience playing multiple positions on both the infield and in the outfield.
Cincinnati picked up JT Riddle on a minor league deal in March. He began the season in Triple-A with the Bats, but was called up last week and played in two games with Cincinnati. Riddle went 1-4 with a strikeout in that time.