The Cincinnati Reds announced some bad news this afternoon when manager David Bell told the media before tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that Christian Encarnacion-Strand would be having surgery on his wrist to fix ligament damage and that it’s expected to end his 2024 season. The surgery is scheduled for July 11th for those of you who want to keep tabs on that.

This has been a tough year for injuries for the Reds and it was a tough year for Christian Encarnacion-Strand. He got out to a slow start this year, hitting .190/.220/.293 through 29 games. He was hit by a pitch in late April and then missed a week before returning. After just four games he was shut down after getting some more tests it was found that he had a fracture and that perhaps it was an older injury that went undetected. Fast forward some time and it was discovered that he also had ligament damage in his wrist.

Several weeks ago it was announced that Encarnacion-Strand was cleared to begin some physical activities, but he wanted to get another opinion. One of the opinions he got was that surgery may be an option to properly heal from his injuries. That decision has finally been made and he will be opting to go that route and be ready to go next spring.

In case you missed it earlier, Nick Lodolo headed to the 15-day injured list with a blister on his pitching hand. The Reds called up reliever Yosver Zulueta from Triple-A to fill out the pitching staff. You can read more about both moves here.

Emilio Pagan update

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported earlier this afternoon that reliever Emilio Pagan told him that his check in with his doctor went well and his next step is to begin throwing. Pagan hasn’t pitched in nearly three weeks after injuring his lat against the Chicago Cubs on June 8th. That game was his first in a little over two weeks and he had just returned from the injured list after missing time with triceps tightness.

39 Responses

  1. Jedi Joey

    When it rains, it pours in Cincinnati.

    • jmb

      “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. You think about that.” (from some movie about baseball)

  2. wkuchad

    Doug, you’re just full of good news today! 🙂

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    I just read Injuries, injuries and more injuries and surgeries. What is happening this year? I recall during the offseason CES was projected as a mid-lineup hitter able to hit just about 30 dingers and has 90 RBIs as everyday player this year. The Reds have missed that projected guy…Hopefully CES will be ready to 2025 ST to get the revenge…

  4. Ted Alfred

    That is the correct plan. Candelario can hold down first base this year and we need to have CSE completely healthy starting next spring

  5. Randy

    Is it time to take a close look at the Reds medical and training staff? We seem to have more than our share of injuries and repeat injuries. There have also been a lot of missed injuries the past few years – Jonathan India. Brandon Williamson and CES to name a few.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Why is he waiting 2+ weeks to have the surgery?

    On top of all the time wasted since hid 2nd opinion?

    • Mark Moore

      Puzzling. It’s his choice for the timing.

    • Chris

      Because he’s not a video game player. He has a life, and has to make his personal plans accordingly, you know, just like you’d do.

      • Cartel

        Yep except most of us don’t get paid if we are not physically available for work. Sometimes swelling plays into when surgery is performed though his injury timeline seems outside this.

      • Frankie Tomatoes

        Cartel I don’t know where you are from or where you work at but if you get hurt on the job in America and can’t work because of it you get paid through workers comp.

  7. Klugo

    Who didnt see this coming? And the fact that no one will be fired over this absolute butt-fumble tells you a lot of what you need to know about our Reds organization, imo.

    • Chris

      Have you seen the injuries the Dodgers and Yankees have had to deal with? It happens. Some of these comments are just mind-boggling.

      • jmb

        Have you seen the budgets of those two teams? When small market teams lose key players, it hurts them more than when big market teams do. A lost year for McLain, CES, and Arroyo really hurts! And through in Marte’s gaff to boot.

  8. Melvin

    Well that’s no fun is it? With our pitching we still can “make it” if we get some help.

  9. Mark Moore

    Expected to hear this. I read where he doesn’t know how the original fracture happened. Not sure I buy that, but it makes zero difference. He’s out for 2024. I expect MattyMc won’t return either.

    As to casting stones at the medical and training staff … I find it close to absurd. They are trained professionals. More likely a player hid some stuff like India last year. The players never want to come out or give in. That’s not just our Reds.

    • Klugo

      Yeah, maybe he covered it with a napkin.

    • Harry Stoner

      I think he was playing with an injured wrist right out of ST.

      Hard to explain why such a productive, natural hitter would suddenly go so far in the ditch.

      The HBP was the second injury on it.

      Hiding / downplaying injuries? Sure.

      We saw it with India last year, with Votto, with Dietrich a few years back, likely numerous others.

      I don’t think it’s just the Reds, though the bizarre communication skills of the manager may exacerbate things.

      How much he actually communicates directly with his players remains a mystery.

      Pinning this on the medical staff seems off, to me though.

      But the ‘play through it’ vs ‘surgery’ 2nd opinion sounds like it wasn’t communicated well at all.

      Why wait two weeks to make a tough decision like that?

      Come on….what would anyone on RLN do in that situation. It’s ’season ending’ whether he had surgery two weeks ago or two weeks from now. Likely won’t affect 2025 return date.

      Fast tracking McLain’s return is another story, likely fed by both his and the Reds anxiousness.

      The usual RLN gas: “His doctors know things!” is just gas.

      No doctor has ever known exactly how a patient feels. Ever.

      It’s all about communication, making informed guesses and hoping for the best.

      Sports and life both are replete with stories about trying to come back too quickly after an injury.

      Friedl and his hamstring just recently.

      We don’t hear enough stories about folks who waited an extra six weeks or six months, just to be sure. I hope that’s going to be the case for McLain and CES.

      2024 is toast. McLain hurrying back isn’t going to make any difference.

      • Red Thunder

        Maybe CES will take a vacation, if possible, before being stuck with a cast. Unless he wants to sit in the Dugout with Bell. I don’t care which as long as he is productive and ready next year. Same goes with McLain, as you state, no need to come back quickly and have another setback.

      • Mark Moore


        It starts with the player much of the time to “own up” to the injury. If I don’t say something to my doctor, it doesn’t mean she isn’t any good. And not every mistake on her part is gross negligence or malpractice.

    • Bill J

      Mark, don’t find it to absurd, I was to have a nephrostomy tube put in my kidney, when the trained professionals read the order to me they said it said to put it in my left kidney except it was supposed to be my right kidney.

  10. Jason Franklin

    Does anyone know where on his hand the blister is (for Lodolo)?

  11. TJ

    David Bell to have exciting news soon on MLB network. Maybe another extension.

  12. Old-school

    Hopefully the injury explains his mega struggles
    Get well

    Guess the candy signing isnt moose 2.0????

  13. Melvin

    Levi Jordan:

    vs. lefties – .293/.333/.414
    vs. righties – .306/.404/.455
    Overall – .302/.384/.827

    Livan Soto:

    vs. lefties – .276/.348/.328
    vs. righties – .299/ .399/.409
    Overall – .292/.384/.769

    Will Benson:

    vs. lefties – .095/.264/.214
    vs. righties – .215/ .293/.419
    Overall – .192/ /.666
    Last 7 games – .000/.118/.000
    Last 15 games – .111/.158/.111
    Last 30 games – .191/.291/.338

    Of course Jordan can play outfield and Soto can too. Soto hasn’t even played yet.

    • Red Thunder

      Maybe in tomorrow’s day game after this night game. Have some hope, Melvin!
      Start yelling, we want Soto- we want Soto- we want Soto….

      • Brian

        CES, this choice probably gets him back 100% next year vs. a 2 season lingering issue. The young man was smart to get a second opinion.
        Lodolo, it sucks but it does give his arm a break which he was gonna probably need anyways because of inning limitations.
        If the Reds slide during the next 2 weeks then they should just start to focus on next year.

    • Mark Moore

      For a guy who supposedly relies on numbers like that, it’s baffling.

  14. TJ

    David Bell named to the NL All star coaching staff.

    • Mark Moore

      We knew that several weeks ago. His buddy did him a solid.

  15. B-town Fan

    “This has been a tough year for injuries for the Reds” that’s a funny one, when hasn’t it been a tough year for injuries. It’s hard to think of a year or years in recent memory with few injuries. The Baker playoff years there weren’t many, i guess, although the Votto injury sliding into third base in the regular season, he was never quite the same that year, didn’t help the year we lost 3 strait in the playoffs to San Fran. All the Price years were atrocious for injuries. The strike shortened playoff appearance team Bell managed didn’t have many injuries. That’s about it, that I can remember.

  16. Mark Moore

    Cowboy, “At least he (Reynolds) isn’t jogging around the bases.”

  17. Mark Moore

    OK. I’ll check back in later, but that’s a Clete for me. Hunter doesn’t have it and he’s managed to even be a defensive liability perhaps 2x tonight.

    I’ve got other stuff the First Wife and I can watch.

    • James W

      “First wife”? How many do you have?

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      “the first wife”

      Oh my. I laughed out loud at that one.