The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves this afternoon, starting with activating infielder Mike Moustakas from the injured list. His stay there was short lived, missing just yesterday’s game against Milwaukee. Moustakas, who started out the season by hitting just .129/.125/.129 through the first nine games of the season before missing 10 days on the injured list, hit .344/.462/.531 with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts in the 10 games since. To make room for Moustakas on the roster the team sent outfielder Ronnie Dawson back to Triple-A Louisville. Dawson had only been up for the one day while Moustakas was out and he did not get into last night’s win over the Brewers.

The Reds have also announced that left-handed starter Mike Minor would head out on a rehab assignment today and pitch for the Louisville Bats in Triple-A. Minor made a rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga a month ago and allowed six earned runs in just 1.2 innings. Following the outing he experienced soreness in his shoulder and was shut down. Now the lefty is ready to give it a go once again and he’ll take the mound tonight in Louisville against the Toledo Mud Hens at 6:35pm ET.

Minor, who has struggled over the last two seasons while throwing 215.1 innings between stints with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Kansas City Royals. After posting a 3.59 ERA in 208.1 innings in 2019 and making the American League All-Star team, Minor has a 5.18 ERA since. If things go well for Minor tonight, he’ll make another start for Louisville on Sunday. Tonight’s start he’s expected to have a pitch count between 45 and 50 pitches and that will be bumped up to 60-65 pitches on Sunday.

Pitcher Robert Dugger, who pitched on Saturday, has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Sunday. In his lone outing with the Reds came out of the bullpen and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five batters in 3.0 innings.

7 Responses

  1. Don

    I found this interesting as I have been wondering this.
    Not sure if anyone else heard this on the radio broadcast yesterday, Nick Krall was in the booth for the bottom of the 2nd and he was asked about the players coming up for a day and then being sent down and if this will cause roster issues later in the year with there being a max limit now per the CBA.
    This is what I got from the response, if I understood it correctly between the play by play and the answer that was going on at the same time.
    Krall’s response was that there is now a “substitute player” designation to replace a “COVID IL” player, the substitute player has to be on 40 man and gets MLB pay while on the 26 man MLB roster but the promotion and demotion does not count against the yearly limit in the CBA.

    I thought it was interesting and wanted to share.

    • Doc

      I’ve read that previously, I think it was on MLB Trade Rumors. I believe it does not burn an option.

  2. Bdh

    Good news for Moose and Minor. This just leaves the reds with


    To get healthy!
    Good lord the Reds IL is a catcher away from being a competitive MLB team. I’ve never seen any team get this destroyed by injuries 1 month into the season. Close to double digit players they have active now have already dealt with a stint on the IL too.

    It was the absolute worst time for all of this too because while it has no doubt played a big part in the reds record some are using it to just throw fuel on the fire started from the trade outrage.

  3. Mark Moore

    Moose at DH is okay by me. His timing and bat seem to be coming around. We shall see in just a little bit.

  4. TR

    One Mike is back, the other is on the way.

  5. Jeff Morris

    Wonder what the holdup is with Votto and Senzel?

    • JayTheRed

      They probably have Covid would be my guess.