The Cincinnati Reds have made four roster moves this morning prior to their afternoon game with the Chicago Cubs. Wil Myers has been placed on the 10-day injured list – he’s dealing with kidney stones. The team also activated reliever Fernando Cruz from the injured list. Outfielder Wil Benson was called up from Triple-A Louisville and reliever Alan Busenitz was optioned back to Triple-A.

The Wil Myers move was retroactive to Wednesday. He will be eligible to return on next weekend. Perhaps the time off will allow him to get a bit of a “reset”, as he’s struggled at the plate this year. Through 37 games he’s hitting just .189/.257/.283 for the Reds with 12 walks, three doubles, three home runs, and 48 strikeouts.

Will Benson is coming back to rejoin the club after a short stay earlier this week where he went 0-5 with two strikeouts between May 21st and May 22nd before being optioned back to Louisville. He played in just one game for the Bats upon his return, going 2-6 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Fernando Cruz completed his rehab assignment with Triple-A and is now back on the Reds active roster. He missed nearly a month while on the injured list. In Louisville he threw a perfect inning his first time out, but struggled while pitching in a downpour on May 24th as he walked two batters and gave up two hits in 0.2 innings two nights ago. Prior to going on the injured list with a shoulder strain, Cruz had struggled in his last five outings – giving up at least one run in each of them and posting a 9.82 ERA in his 7.1 innings during that stretch.

As for Alan Busenitz, he’s heading to Triple-A after making his last four appearances with the big league club over the last two weeks. The right-handed reliever allowed two runs in 4.0 innings with a walk and seven hits allowed over his four games.

28 Responses

    • Max

      GM is a terrible talent man and OWNERSHIP knows NO Better. Benson can’t hit SLOWPITCH!!!! Call up T.J Hopkins or better yet put McLain in LF and call De LA Cruz!!!!!!!!

  1. Sreds

    Long time lurker here and first post. Lifelong Reds fan of over 50 years. I’m hoping that the only reason not to get Elly and CES up here immediately is because of ongoing trade discussions to free up some positions. Anything other than that is just negligence on ownerships part

  2. Chris Mo

    I do not think Nick Krall hates us. As much as we all want to see CES and EDLC playing every day for the Reds, the smart play is to wait for the projected Super 2 date to pass. We are playing the long game here, with an eye toward future costs and years of control. I am excited for the position players we have now and the ones coming up. I am concerned about the present state of the pitching staff (injuries and ineffectiveness of starters). Lots of learning and growing to do, but that is what happens with a young team. I think from mid June to the end of the season this am is going to improve and surprise us all.

    • Optimist

      Doubtful it’s Krall’s fault, but Doug and others have often commented that “service time” and “Super-2” just don’t matter much anymore for the Reds. Even at that, the Super-2 effect is much less than the year of service time, but they’re really not doing either to any extent.

      ELDC is certainly any day now, perhaps the next homestand – June 2.

      I suspect they’re waiting a bit longer for CES due to both needing to sharpen up the defensive role, and work on the BB/K%. Still, it cannot be too long.

      With Salazar up, Abbott may only need a few more starts, and he and Stoudt are likely coming up soon as well.

      • Mike in Ottawa

        Lively and Weaver have been our best two pitchers in May. Your not sending any of the Sophomore 3 down. No need to rush Abbot or Stout

    • SR

      I agree on the long game. We needshould be getting looks at triple AAA prospects and where they can play.If they can’t play outfield defensively, then that helps sort their future out. We can’t keep 5 SS/infield prospects on a team that appears to already have 3 pieces filled. Hopkins needs to get a chance to show what he can do at MLB level now. 14 md

    • Doug Gray

      This isn’t so much directed at you, but any GM sitting around playing “Super 2” games is a big dummy. Odds are you are not going to be the GM by the time that matters. Same for that “extra year”. Win now, dorks (MLB GM’s).

      • Old Big Ed

        Plus, EDLC is almost certainly going to be offered a Wander Franco / Acuna, Jr. type deal by next spring, so it just won’t matter.

        Even the bench players think that the Reds ought to promote EDCL. Kevin Newman can’t believe that he’s still in the majors. Wil Myers went so far as faking kidney stones, just to get to see EDLC play before getting DFA’d.

      • Mark Moore


        It’s beyond stupid player tricks at this point. “Dorks” sums it up well.

      • Woodrow

        Assumes the GM is part of the Super 2 decision making process.

        I mean, where’s Nick gonna go?

    • RBush

      19, 20, 21,21,21,22…
      Bench, Morgan, Rose, Concepcion, Geranimo, and Perez…
      that’s how old they were in their rookie debuts.. and they never went back to minors!… what are we waiting on? I’m tired of the Reds babying everyone!

  3. capnhook33

    Wil Myers to the “IL” – fixed the headline for you

  4. SlippinJimmy

    Benson’s batting 400! Well, 400, uh, ten-thousandths…? (.040) Is that right? I dunno, math is dumb!

    Noticed Bally did not show it on screen his last time up…

    • SlippinJimmy

      Maybe the extra “L” will help. He needs to go like 30 for his next 5 or something.

      I mean he’s nearly as bad as Bucky LaGrange–and he hasn’t had a hit in ever, IN EVER!

  5. Mark Moore

    That answers my question “Where’s Myers?” Kidney stone stuff would explain some issues, but probably not close to all of them. Hope he gets through it in good shape and bounces back.

    Benson up because it’s convenient. I can’t think of any other reason. Just hope his playing time is limited.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’ve had three kidney stones across my adult life.

      I don’t wish them on anyone.

      They can be completely debilitating and also unpredictable in their flare up of pain, nausea and discomfort.

      One time the urologist got right on it and blasted the sucker right away.

      The other two times the doctors where much more laissez faire “Oh, let’s wait and see if it passes on it’s own….”

      And let a couple months of misery go by to no avail.

      I don’t know if this is contributing to Myers’s hitting problems, but I do have empathy for him as a fellow human.

      They can make for a truly miserable stretch of time.

  6. docproc

    Why not TJ Hopkins?
    Yes, I know he’s not left-handed. Yes, I know he’s not on the 40-man.
    But he had a good season last year and is having a great one this year. Time to give him a shot.

  7. LDS

    Benson? Seriously. In only 25 ABs, he ties Myers for the 2nd lowest WAR on the team. He’s .1 WAR ahead of Newman who has the lowest on the team. Oh well, maybe he’ll get his 2nd hit of the year this time up.

    • Melvin

      Sheesh smh He could always pinch hit again right?

  8. Jimbo44CN

    I think Krall does hate us. Benson? OMG, he’s a left handed Myers. 0-1,0-2,0-3
    take a seat.

  9. Soto

    This team is competing with half of a competitive MLB roster. I am completely convinced the Reds could win the Central if they would bring up EDLC, CES, and Abbott. Hopkins also deserves a look. This would force the Reds to make some tough decisions but that’s why Krall makes the big bucks. Casali and Myers have to go. Not sure about the 3rd spot? Waiting any longer is just plain dumb. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Win today. A young energetic team could captivate the city and a good chunk of Ohio just like the Bengals have.

  10. Soto

    I don’t even consider Benson an option with talking about.

  11. AMDG

    The Reds are paying a lot of guys a lot of $ who just aren’t good at baseball anymore.

    Votto $25M
    Moose $22M
    Myers $6M
    Griffey $3.6M
    Cessa $2.65M

    That’s over $59M for guys not to play for them.

    Meanwhile, they are paying under $30M for the guys on their active payroll.

    • Capnhook33

      I dunno the reds could use left handed power. Think Griffey could DH?

  12. SteveAReno

    Keep our fingers crossed Fernando Cruz has all his stuff back and will make another positive addition to the bullpen.