The Cincinnati Reds signed Mike Ford to a big league contract earlier today, but hasn’t made it official yet. The roster move and or moves that were coming along with that were unknown, but we’re seeing how it’s playing out now as the Reds just announced the deal along with the placement of Christian Encarnacion-Strand on the injured list with a right ulnar styloid fracture. They have also moved left-handed pitcher Brandon Williamson to the 60-day injured list to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Ford.

We wrote about Mike Ford earlier today when it was reported that he signed his big league deal. He’s out of options, so the Reds are committing to him being on the big league club or risking losing him on waivers if they want to remove him from the 26-man roster down the road. You can read more about Ford from our earlier piece here.

As for Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s injury….. if you weren’t quickly aware of what an ulnar styloid fracture is – you’re not alone. The google machine says that ulnar styloid fracture is a “common type of wrist injury involving the end of the bony part of your wrist” and  it “occurs in association with ~60% of distal radius fractures.”

Christian Encarnacion-Strand was hit by a pitch on April 27th. He didn’t play on April 28th and had an X-ray. Manager David Bell said that they didn’t show a fracture, but imaging did reveal he likely had a previous fracture in his wrist and the team was going to monitor it. Fast forward nearly two weeks and now the Reds first baseman is on the injured list with a fracture in his wrist.

Update at 3:45pm ET

Charlie Goldsmith has a little more information from David Bell

Brandon Williamson being moved to the 60-day injured list doesn’t change much of anything for him. He hasn’t pitched this season and is dealing with a shoulder issue. He has not yet begun a rehab assignment, though he is expected to start one this week. Given that he’s yet to pitch, he’ll likely require most of, if not all 30 days of his allotted rehab time to get ready. That would put him well beyond the 60-days and doesn’t push back his ETA if things go well for him while rehabbing in the minor leagues.

63 Responses

  1. Brian

    I just know that I wouldn’t want the Reds medical staff treating me for anything.

    • greenmtred

      You probably don’t have to worry about that.

      • Brian

        True and I’m thankful for that. Their patients seem to matter less than the teams needs or is it just a coincidence that it looks that way quite often?

      • greenmtred

        Out of curiosity, what do you base that statement on? Doc explained the x-ray issue.

    • mac624

      “Broken bones” are hard to see on x-rays. I know that’s the traditional course of action, but as a firefighter I have known dozens of people that have had broken bones, some for years, that never showed up on an x-ray. Imagining is the way to go when it comes to diagnosing anything like that in my opinion.

      I’ve long suspected CES was trying to play hurt. There’s just no way he’s this bad offensively and just all of a sudden. Kudos for trying to gut it out, but in a lost year due to injuries, this just adds to the fuel. Maybe next year this club won’t be as snake bit.

      • JB

        Whether CES has a fractured wrist or broken arm he still is swinging at balls down and away out of the strike zone. The junk he was swinging at doesn’t even matter if he had a broken wrist. He couldn’t hit that stuff with a paddle.

      • Tom Reeves

        Yeah, but has his practice been impacted by the fracture? If so, that explains why hard work wasn’t paying off.

    • Ted Alfred

      Truth… they seem intentionally obtuse, vague, indecisive… essentially incompetent. It’s not great when you’re running a professional sports team to have these kind of consistently wrong medical evaluations.

      • Longtimefan

        CES was hitting sub .200 before his injury so I have a hard time blaming his batting average on a recent injury. He has been bad all year.

    • Cartel

      Fractures of this type can be easily missed. Often takes a week or two to show up on xray. Of course if there was any point tenderness (typical with a fracture) they probably should have gotten an mri.

    • Pat

      I was just wondering who is running their medical staff. Look at McClain, Ian Gibaut, CES. Their injuries have all been mishandled. There are others I’m sure.

  2. greenmtred

    Might account for CES’s weak looking swings. The hits just keep on coming…

    • Grand Salami

      Swapping out an injured CES for Ford (and not Martini) is an immediate upgrade.

  3. Jason T.

    Well there you go. Sucks for CES. He hustles and I still believe he could be a great one.
    Something had to give though and was just hoping some AAA time would correct some flaws.

  4. Doc

    Not uncommon in bones for a ‘hairline’, or very thin fracture line, to not show on initial X-rays. Once healing starts and the body starts to clear out the damage debris, the fracture line ‘enlarges’ and becomes visible.

    Another blow to the Reds short term but maybe it will give Ford and Capel some ABs and one or both of them will spark some offense.

    DB has GoT tO sToP bReAkInG hIs pLaYeR’S bOneS.

    • greenmtred

      Well, Doc, even if he could be persuaded to stop injuring them, he’d almost certainly find some other way, such as requiring them to play in rush hour traffic or skydiving with defective chutes.

    • VegasRed

      This is another huge question mark on how the Reds’ operate as am organization.

      Yes not all fractures- I specially no displaced fractures she well on plain x-ray. But, in light of CES’s bad showing at the plate, the evidence on the prior X-ray of “old” fracture, and the overall incredibly weak offense on the team overall ( despite better than expected starting pitching by Reds starters), as competent organization should have investigated further into the medical diagnosis for CES.

      A CT scan and or bone scan (which shows metabolic uptake on an active fracture which is in healing mode) could have and should have been done.

      But the Reds are a reactive, not proactive organization. There is no urgency to win on a daily basis that I can observe. Bell has job security like no other I’ve seen with similar performance. Castellini’s have almost 2 decades of trying to sustain even mediocre erformance.

      This situation explains very aptly why I am no fan of the Reds on field and off field operations.

      • Doc

        Pardon me for asking, but what is your medical training and patient care experience? Certainly possible that you have more and better training than I. I was taught that you examine patients and then determine what testing is needed. Of course, I did my training and practice when we still examined patients; old fashioned concept, I know.

        I have evidence of an old fracture, in fact three old fractures, on xray. Those fractures occurred when I was 15. I’m now 75.

  5. The Duke

    This would help explain why he didn’t look like a big league hitter when I saw the Reds play last Friday. Is India hurt too?

  6. Klugo

    Previous fracture, huh? Must be why he’s been struggling so mightily at the plate.
    (Now where’s that sarcasm font?)

    • Jim Walker

      It is an old font that doesn’t need attention 😉

  7. PTBNL

    More than likely, CES played through it as long as he could. I don’t blame him, you want to play, play through the pain and not be considered to be a wimp or to let your team down. The med staff is probably not as incompetent as most people on here think they are… you really think a major league team would have a mediocre med team, I mean, really.
    As a coach the med staff, trainers, etc, give a lot of leeway to athletes on playing in these kinds of situations and let players have more power on if they can play or not. Everyone has a different pain tolerance and healing capacity than others.
    With his mediocre results, the team (FO, doctors, etc.) probably stated to CES, enough was enough, we are putting you on the IL and give you a chance to 100% heal. I really doubt it was incompetency in this situation.

    • Melvin

      “do you really think a major league team would have a mediocre med team, I mean, really.”

      With Big Bob as the owner? Wouldn’t surprise me.

      • PTBNL

        And risk his investment. He didn’t get to be a multi-millionaire doing business like that no matter how much we dislike him.

      • Melvin

        He’s been risking his investment for a long time in a lot of ways.

  8. Indy Red Man

    CES .190 with .220 obp
    Benson .191
    Candy .184
    Martini .177
    Espinal .169

    Really hard to believe?

    • Dennis Westrick

      The 1927 Yankees they are NOT!

      • JB

        Paul Householder would be a star on this team.

      • CI3J

        Pokey Reese would be the MVP of this team.

      • Melvin

        “Paul Householder would be a star on this team.”

        …and Clint Hurdle. 🙂

  9. Old-school

    New fracture

    Out 4-6 weeks

    Maybe a restart and AAA rehab stint isnt the worst thing in the world

    This wont move the needle much

    Id trade prospects for Eloy Jimenez white sox. Need a power thumper now. McLain and marte arent coming back till mid summer and late simmer at best and candelario and benson on the struggle bus

    Offense is in freefall

    • Grand Salami

      Jiminez may cost quite a bit, especially since it’s the Sox and they were notoriously niggardly with Cease. But the idea of making a trade to beef up the lineup sounds really good.

      JD Martinez should have been signed as a full time DH while he was hanging out late.
      Marte was announcement was 3/9
      McClain announcement was 3/27 (but Reds knew of serious injury well before)
      Martinz was signed by Mets on 3/23

      But the Reds seemed to think this linup had sufficient pop. Now the only option is to get aggressive and make a trade.

      • Rob

        Personal opinion: I don’t think cost is a strong factor here. 2024 is the year! I think you identify what you need or who want. RH hitter? Robert or Chisolm? Pay the price and let’s roll. 2 top 10-12 prospects and Fraley or India. Or just sit on your frickin hands and wonder in July what has gone wrong.

  10. Dennis Westrick

    Seriously? What other maladies could befall this 2024 Reds team! Speaking of roster moves, can we put Bell on the IL? Or trade him for a manager to be named later?

  11. JB

    Espinal batting 5th tonight. Got to get him going.

    • David

      Espinal batting fifth? Really? Boy do we miss Kevin Newman NOW! 😉

    • Doc

      Soto might be a consideration if Espinal doesn’t get going soon.

  12. Justin T

    Top to bottom this organization seems to be lost. Not alot of pedigree in that front office. Re shuffling AAAA players maybe helps the offense. Rinse, repeat.

    • Dennis Westrick

      But Bell has the right last name!

  13. Old-school

    Espinal hitting 5
    Fairchild 6
    Friedl 8
    Maile DH lol

    Im Not an lds anti bell guy all the time but are u serious???? One of the more ridiculous lineups bell has ever made

    • Grand Salami

      He must be trying to shake things up. But it’s still seems like a stupid linup that’s way too oriented arounded ‘handedness’.

      Maybe he’s trying to get fired . . .

    • JB

      Bell does his lineups days before the game. I would bet CES was batting 5th and Bell just erased his name and wrote in Espinal.

      • Melvin

        He hates to erase any more than he has to. 😉

    • James K

      I infer that Cappel and Ford are not yet in uniform. Bell may not have much choice.

      • Old Big Ed

        Capel only had to get there from Louisville.

        Bell probably didn’t want Capel’s first ABs in Cincinnati to be against a tough lefty like Jordan Montgomery. If Ford isn’t there yet but shows up in time to play, then they can just write him in. I doubt that they really want to use their backup catcher as DH.

    • LDS

      Keep watching, eventually you’ll get there. Maybe the break their streak tonight, but it’s not particularly likely.

  14. Old-school

    Luke Maile DH???

    Give me a bat daggumit!

    • Jason T.

      Exactly! Why call up Capel if he’s going to ride the pine?
      These decisions drive up my blood pressure.

    • David

      You know, besides the smell of desperation here, that is actually kind of dumb.

      If Stephenson, the starting catcher, gets hurt, then Maile will have to go into the game, and we lose the DH. And that would mean the PITCHER would be batting cleanup.

      There are a load of other choices, yet David Bell made this one. And quite honestly, this was a poor choice. And likely, Stephenson won’t get hurt (fingers crossed) and maybe Maile gets a key hit or something. And this comment looks dumb in 5 hours. But if he does it once, he will do it again.

      • Old Big Ed

        They may just be waiting on Ford to get there on a bad air travel day, and Bell wrote Maile in as a placeholder.

        The only other options are Benson and Fraley, and I’m sure that they want to save those guys for PH duties, if and when they get Montgomery out of the game.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Is Justin Wilson (he with the 8.59 ERA out of the Reds BP) still on the Reds ML roster? If so, I propose we trade him for the Wilson in the movie Castaway!

    • Doc

      I liked the Justin Wilson who was a Cajun comedian much better.

  16. CI3J

    The lineup tonight… Holy moly.

    Looks like Bell couldn’t resist his urge to needlessly tinker. He was doing pretty good there for a while, but now it looks like we’re back to his old habit of drawing names from a hat.

    How can any team expect to be taken seriously with a manager like this?

    • Jim Walker

      Maybe Bell is burnt out and we are seeing a million dollar game of chicken with Bell daring Krall to fire him so he can enjoy his summer on the Reds dime??? 😉

  17. AllTheHype

    Friedl 8th in lineup. He’s gonna have to once again prove to Bell he can hit lefties. Last year didn’t convince him.


  18. dimondfvr

    Bell has shaken things up. Unfortunately, it’s us die-hard Reds fans! I’m seeing my primary care physician tomorrow (Routine checkup, nothing to do with the teams free fall). May need to ask him to increase the anxiety meds!

    • CI3J

      Shakin’ all ooooooooooovvvveeeeeeeerrrrrr!

    • Melvin

      Hope he finds no problems but if so blame it on the Reds. 😉