The Cincinnati Reds have made a pair of roster moves this afternoon prior to the start of game one of their road series against the Chicago Cubs. Infielder Colin Moran was designated for assignment and the team activated outfielder Albert Almora Jr. from the 10-day injured list.
Almora Jr. has been on the injured list since August 20th with a right shoulder contusion suffered while diving for a ball in the outfield. He didn’t play for a week-and-a-half before being sent to Triple-A Louisville where he joined the Bats on a rehab assignment. The outfielder went 2-14 with a walk while in the minor leagues. He’ll return to the 28-man roster this evening to face off against the Cubs.
Colin Moran is a victim of the new September roster limitations. The infielder could have remained with the team had the old rules been in place when teams could have kept 40 players on the September rosters, but now that the numbers are limited to 28 players in September someone had to be moved off. He had gone 2-9 with a home run and two walks since being called back up a little more than a week ago. Where things get a bit strange is that he still seems to have an option remaining given that he was already optioned twice this season by the Reds. Why the team chose to simply designate him for assignment instead of optioning him to Triple-A for the final few weeks of the season may not be known.
With that said, the team is going to need to clear a whole lot of spots on the 40-man roster once the season is completed. Not only do they have dozen players currently on the 60-day injured list, but they will also have more than a handful of prospects that they will need to add to the 40-man roster in November in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft in December. Perhaps the move to designate Moran for assignment just got them started down that path.