The Cincinnati Reds made three roster moves early on Friday afternoon. They activated reliever Ross Detwiler from the 15-day injured list and outfielder Jake Fraley from the 60-day injured list. They also placed reliever Hunter Strickland on the bereavement list.
After last night’s trade that sent outfielder Tyler Naquin and minor league reliever Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets for a pair of teenage prospects (you can read scouting reports on both of them here), the team opened up a spot on the 40-man roster as well as the active 26-man roster. With Strickland being placed on the bereavement list it opened up two spots on the 26-man roster, taken by the activation of the two players from the injured list.
Ross Detwiler has been on the injured list for 20 days with lower back pain. The lefty began the season in the minors with the Reds, but has made 18 appearances and thrown 15.0 innings this year with 6 walks and 16 strikeouts.
Jake Fraley has dealt with two different injuries since he last played for the Reds on April 30th. He began a rehab assignment in late May but it lasted just four games before he injured his toe and was recalled from the assignment. It would be another 6 weeks before he returned to the minors for a rehab assignment from that injury. He’s spent two weeks with Triple-A Louisville, but thanks to the All-Star break that’s only been nine games where he’s hit .290 with 5 walks and 10 strikeouts. He didn’t have any extra-base hits in that stretch.
In Fraley’s opening month with the big league club he struggled in a big way. Over his 15 games played in April he went 5-43 (.116) with 2 doubles, a home run, 4 walks, and 12 strikeouts. The 27-year-old outfielder will look to improve upon that as he gets back on the field at Great American Ball Park this weekend as the Reds host the Baltimore Orioles.