The Cincinnati Reds made a bunch of roster moves today, but the biggest ones were that Jonathan India and Joey Votto returned from their rehab assignments in Triple-A Louisville and that Hunter Greene has been activated from the Covid-Injured list. We knew that Greene was returning today as he’d been listed as the probable starter for several days now and was already back in the clubhouse having been cleared as healthy for return.
Joey Votto wasn’t quite in the same boat, though we were told that he could return Sunday if things went right on his rehab in Louisville. His rehab stint with Louisville lasted just two games. After missing just over two weeks on the injured list with a shoulder issues, Votto headed to Louisville and went 2-6 with a double and two RBI in his two games played. Now he’s back in the lineup for Cincinnati on his 40th birthday.
Jonathan India was with Votto in Louisville for his rehab assignment. India, who had missed five weeks with plantar fasciitis, headed to Triple-A on Friday and he went 1-5 with a walk, double, 2 runs, and 2 RBI in his two games. It’s not his birthday, but like Votto, he’s back in the Reds lineup this afternoon.
After missing a little more than two months with a hip injury, Hunter Greene returned to pitch on August 20th. He made three starts, and his best one of the three came on the 30th against San Francisco when he didn’t give up an earned run in 5.1 innings while walking just one batter and striking out six. But following the game he was not feeling well and wound up on the Covid-19 injured list. He missed one start in the process.
To create room for all three of them on the active 28-man roster the Reds optioned Lyon Richardson to Triple-A. Alejo Lopez was returned to Triple-A and returned Carson Spiers back to Double-A. Lopez and Spiers were not on the 40-man roster and were called up as “replacement” players to take over for players on the Covid-19 injured list. As replacement players they get big league time and pay, but don’t need to be on the 40-man or optioned back which would count towards the various ways the rules count player options.