The Cincinnati Reds had a busy afternoon when it comes to roster moves. The club placed outfielder Jake Fraley on the Family Medical Emergency List. They also placed catcher Luke Maile on the 10-day injured list with a herniated disc. The team is calling up catcher Austin Wynns and infielder Edwin Rios. To clear the needed spot on the 40-man roster they designated Levi Jordan for assignment.

With Luke Maile heading to the injured list the team is going to rely on Austin Wynns to come back up and serve as the other catcher on the roster. He’s filled in that role twice this year with Cincinnati, but the first time he was called up he didn’t play. The last time he was called up he played in one game and picked up three doubles, scored two runs, and he drove in another one. Wynns just cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville earlier this week.

As for Maile, I’m not a doctor and won’t pretend to be one. But herniated disc sounds both very uncomfortable and something that doesn’t seem like it’s going to require the minimum stay on the injured list. Hopefully I’m wrong on both of those accounts.

Edwin Rios signed with the Reds over the winter as a minor league free agent. He had spent all season in Triple-A, but had an opt-out clause for the middle of June and he took it. After checking in with other teams it seemed re-joining the Reds on a minor league deal was his best fit and he signed with them again on June 18th.

A part of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series team (he went 0-2 with two games in the World Series), Rios has played in parts of five big league seasons prior to this year. Four of those came with the Dodgers and then in 2023 he saw time with the Chicago Cubs. Over the span of his 325 career plate appearances in the majors he’s hit .205/.292/.465 with 21 home runs.

The left-handed hitter has hit .243/.340/.486 in 50 games with Louisville in 2024. He got out to a bit of a slow start, hitting just .200/.302/.520 through May 24th. In the 29 games since then he’s hit .275/.368/.461 with the Bats. Rios has hit right-handed pitching well, posting a .260/.353/.534 line against them this year with 16 of his 21 extra-base hits coming against them. Defensively he’s played third and first base, but he’s seen more time as the club’s designated hitter than anywhere else.

Levi Jordan made his big league debut just over a week ago. He went 1-3 with a double, run, and an RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jordan then went 0-7 in the other six games he had a chance to play in before he was optioned back to Louisville. He will now be available on waivers for any team to claim if they so choose.

24 Responses

  1. LDS

    IL an OF and call up an IF? Maybe Dunn plays more?

  2. BK

    The position player merry-go-round is starting to feel like the pitching shuttle did last season. While there are undoubtedly multiple examples of how the Reds have given up too many outs on the basepaths and defense, it will be increasingly difficult for the team to improve its consistency due to the quantity and duration of injuries to key position players.

  3. Mauired

    We’ll see if Rios can make an impact. He’s been on my radar for awhile going back to his days as a top prospect with the Dodgers. I don’t understand why as a top prospect and a very productive minor league player, he never really got much playing time in the bigs. Maybe because he’s defensively limited to 1st base/DH.

    • DaveCT

      Probably his minor league career K% of 33.5% combined with limitations on defense. But a career .873 OPS is nothing to look down upon i’m glad he’s getting a chance.

  4. Ahimsa

    Herniated disc had me down for around 3 months.
    Couldn’t sit or stand up.

  5. JB WV

    A herniated disc is not good, especially for a catcher. Maile may be out quite a while.

  6. Jason Franklin

    I could be wrong, but I think Fraley’s daughter is battling something? I hope she’s okay and gets better soon. I can’t imagine the level of worry on Fraley’s mind when he’s out there trying to focus on a game. May have something to do with his approach or somewhat lesser power output this year.

    • Ahimsa

      Just did a search she’s battling leukemia.

    • Harry Stoner

      That was the story all the way back to the start of ST.

      It sounded pretty serious and no doubt has been regularly on JF’s mind.

      How could it not?

      This doesn’t sound like good news.

      Don’t want to speculate, but maybe there’s a positive spin, like being on hand for some helpful hospital treatment.

      All the best wishes to the Fraley family.

      I’m sure the Reds’ clubhouse is there with them.

      All criticism of Bell aside, it sounds like a tightly knit team.

  7. Jim Walker

    I am sorry that Jake Fraley needs to go on the family medical emergency list. I am glad he has that option available to him at this difficult time.

  8. Mark Moore

    Hoping for the best for Jake and his family.

    Not surprised with Luke given what we saw. And I’m also thinking this injury doesn’t go away quickly … he may just be done for 2024. I’m pretty confident it won’t just be through the ASG break.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, Edwin Ríos hasn’t MiLB options so when Fraley’s back he should be DFA’d too. I think Fraley likely will come back in a few days so Edwin Ríos is gonna pinch-hit or entering late to play 1B in some games against RP by the time being…He has good power so it could be interesting to see him taking ABs at GABP

  10. Votto4life

    Will be praying for the Fraley family.

  11. Roger Garrett

    Prayers for Jake and his family.Prayer changes things.

    • RedsMonk65

      Yes. All of the above. Prayer especially changes the pray-er.

  12. jmb

    The Reds have too many DHs: CES, Steer, India, Martini, Fraley. Seems Krall is now collecting them.

  13. Steve Wallace

    Tucker Barnhart released last week, maybe pay to check in with Tucker.

    • Mauired

      If Maile is out for awhile and I think he is. A herniated disk is no minor thing. And if it’s not addressed it leads to permanent damage in the spine. Maile is 33. He doesn’t need to rush back just to have back pain for the rest of his life. They should definitely bring back Tucker as depth for Louisville.

    • Randy

      I like tucker he has been doing good too. It would be nice to see him come back to play for the reds again.