The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves today. This afternoon prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Joey Votto was placed on the injured list – with no injury designation. That’s always an indication that a player was placed on the COVID injury list. A reminder that being placed there doesn’t necessarily mean the player has tested positive – players showing symptoms, even with a negative test, can be placed on this list.
Cincinnati activated catcher Tyler Stephenson from the injured list today. The catcher had been on the list for nearly two weeks after suffering a concussion during a collision at the plate on April 19th against the San Diego Padres.
The Reds also recalled infielder Alejo Lopez from Triple-A Louisville for the series and optioned catcher Mark Kolozsvary back to Triple-A Louisville.
Votto, who is in what is likely the worst stretch of his entire career, is hitting just .122/.278/.135 right now. Earlier today we had looked at what Dan Szymborski wrote about his start over at Fangraphs, and Votto’s response. We’re going to have to wait a little while longer to enjoy the show.
Getting Tyler Stephenson back could help the offense out a little bit. He was one of the few Reds hitters who was actually producing with the bat in the first two weeks of the season. Through his 11 games he was hitting .267/.378/.467 with two home runs, four walks, and just six strikeouts. Aramis Garcia and Mark Kolozsvary have hit .205 with two doubles and a home run as the other catching options with the team thus far in 2022.
Alejo Lopez returns, in what feels like a steady back-and-forth ride for the infielder between Triple-A and MLB. He’s hit .263/.333/.263 in 21 plate appearances for the Reds this season over seven games. He has walked once and he’s struck out just twice.