The Cincinnati Reds made some roster moves this afternoon prior to the game in Colorado against the Rockies. Outfielder Jake Fraley was placed on the 10-day injured list with knee inflammation. Taking his place on the roster is outfielder TJ Friedl, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville. The Reds also added infielder Alejo Lopez to the taxi squad.

Jake Fraley played in the game yesterday, going 0-3 as he continued to slump. His line on the season fell to .116/.208/.233, and after having back-to-back 1-3 days against Cleveland, he’s picked up just two hits in his last 28 at-bats.

TJ Friedl, who played for Louisville last night and homered, is back with the Reds for a second time this season. He had gone 0-7 in three games against San Diego and St. Louis before being optioned back to Triple-A last week. Since rejoining the Bats he went 3-14 with a home run and two walks.

Update: 2:15pm

The Reds announced that they have placed Jonathan India on the injured list today, too. That roster move came less than 90 minutes after the initial set of roster moves were announced on Sunday. Alejo Lopez was called up from the taxi squad to take his place on the roster. Cincinnati now has 13 players on the injured list.

Lopez has played in seven games with the Reds this year and hit .263/.333/.263. In Triple-A he’s hit just .184/.326/.237 this season in 11 games, but has more walks than strikeouts in 46 plate appearances.

13 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Lopez could ultimately win the team batting title this year. Let him play for goodness sake. He’s young and has potential. He can play several positions. What’s the worst thing that can happen? We fall out of last place?

    • Old Big Ed

      Yeah, that’s my feeling, too. The Reds have already established that about 6 guys on this team can’t play at this level, so why don’t they just replace them with AAA guys who may not actually stink?

      Freidl and Ronnie Dawson are better than Fraley; they all play the same position; and they all hit left-handed. Why is the worst of the 3 at the MLB level?

      Alejo Lopez is better than the new replacement-level infielder, and better than Colin Moran. Call him up. As you say, they can’t do worse than 3-18.

    • Jon

      Honest question…who’s going to be the lone All-Star this year? Lodolo probably had the best shot prior to getting injured. Any guesses?

  2. Jim

    You knew India was probably going back on the IL yesterday. You don’t call it a day of rest when you scratch a player 30 minutes before game time.

  3. Grand Salami

    Reds used to be flush with corner OF who kid hit and play middling defense.

    Now it’s just guys who can’t hit with above average gloves.

    I hope Friedl can evoke shades of India in terms of MLB adjustments

  4. JB

    They will wait 4 or 5 more days until they put India on the IL.

  5. JayTheRed

    Don’t the rosters have to be cut down today to 26 players? how does dropping one guy and calling someone up get us to 26? Are there other moves that have been made?

    • Old Big Ed

      I think it is tomorrow, or after the weekend series. They changed it, because it didn’t make much sense to force roster moves in the middle of a series.

      Somebody else will have more details than I do on it.

  6. Bill J

    Is this the same thing other organizations do, a player get hurt they say it’s day to day then, they’re put on the IR. When they come off we’re told they’re better, go on a rehab assessment and find out they’re not better. Back when Castillo was on the 60 day list I seen somewhere he was day to day.

  7. LarkinPhillips

    Lopez and Friedl need to play! Maybe Friedl works as a platoon but both need consistent playing time so the Reds can make a real decision on them for the future. Starting once a week and pitch hitting twice isn’t fair to them or us fans having to watch this train wreck with the promise of “developing younger players.”

  8. LDS

    I would have gone with Dawson ahead of Friedl. Not that it’ll matter because either would be sitting the bench