Nick Lodolo was placed on the injured list this morning prior to the game against the San Diego Padres. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that it was due to a lower back strain. The corresponding move made was that the team activated Mike Moustakas from the injured list.
Nick Lodolo pitched on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals and allowed one run in 5.2 innings and picked up seven strikeouts. He looked good on the day and didn’t seem to exhibit any issues on the mound, so his back issue must have come up after he exited the game. His placement on the injured list is retroactive to Monday. He will be eligible to return to the team on Friday May 6th.
Mike Moustakas comes off of the injured list and jumps right into the lineup, functioning as the teams designated hitter today. He’s been out with a right biceps injury and may not quite be ready to play in the field yet, but is ready to hit. The left-handed hitter has hit just .129/.125/.129 on the season with 13 strikeouts and no walks in nine games played. He’ll be facing a right-handed starter this afternoon, so perhaps that will help get him going.
Who will take over in place of Nick Lodolo in the rotation is a big unknown question at this point. The only two pitchers on the 40-man roster who aren’t already in the big leagues are Jared Solomon, who is a reliever, and James Marinan. Marinan, though, is still in A-ball and isn’t going to be a realistic option to step into the big leagues and make a start.
The pitcher on Saturday in Colorado is listed as TBA, with Hunter Greene and Reiver Sanmartin listed for Friday and Sunday. Cincinnati may go with a bullpen day to just try and bridge the gap until Lodolo can return the following Friday, and an off day on Monday does help that a little bit as it would give the bullpen a full day of rest. But they may have to get creative and make a set of moves to bring someone up from Triple-A to fill in.