Today, the Reds made a somewhat expected move regarding their 40-year old veteran right-hander, and a somewhat unexpect move regarding their suddenly surging potential All-Star short stop.
Bronson Arroyo (strained right shoulder) and Zack Cozart (strained right quad, retro to Sunday) have been placed on the 10-day DL. #Reds— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 19, 2017
The move on Arroyo was a bit expected, in that something was going to have to be done. The longtime Reds veteran noted yesterday that he’s been dealing with season-long shoulder pain that is only getting worse. Arroyo was melancholy during his meeting with the media after another disastrous start on Sunday, and met with manager Bryan Price thereafter.
Yesterday, it looked like it was the end of the road for Arroyo, so the only surprise here is that it’s the 10-day disabled list and not something that will keep him off the team for much longer. Arroyo’s ERA is up to 7.35 after yesterday’s loss, with league highs in both earned runs and home runs allowed.
Cozart, on the other hand, has been unexpectedly brilliant this season. He still leads the NL All Star voting at shortstop, but a balky right quad may hamper his aspirations (and a free donkey courtesy of Joey Votto). The extent of the injury is not yet known.
The Reds would be very happy if it was only a 10-day absence (retroactive to Sunday’s game), because the Reds will need Zack on full display in the run-up to the non-waiver trade deadline.
Up for Cincinnati is Jesse Winker, who makes his second appearance for the Reds this season. He received only two plate appearances in his last cup of coffee, but of course he doubled in one of them because Jesse Winker puts the bat on the ball. On the season at Louisville, he’s hitting .317/.399/.411. He doesn’t, however, play the infield, so it’s likely that he’ll not be much more than a bench bat/spot starter over the next nine to ten days.
Also up is Ariel Hernandez, who is also making his second appearance for the Reds. He received 2.2 innings of work last time up, and absolutely lit up the radar gun. He owns a 2.18 ERA for the Blue Wahoos this season in 33 innings of work, striking out 10.6 per nine with an electric fastball. Of course, he doesn’t always know where it’s going, leading to a 5.5 BB/9.
He, however, isn’t a starting pitcher, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Reds maneuver the rotation. Homer Bailey is set to make his third (and likely, final) rehab appearance tonight in Louisville.