As the Cincinnati Reds made their final roster decisions ahead of tomorrow’s Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers, they dropped some unfortunate news on us, too. It appears that Anthony DeSclafani is dealing with a teres major strain in his throwing arm, and has been placed on the 10-day IL to begin the season, the team announced on Twitter this afternoon.
It’s a frustrating setback on a number of levels, really. Obviously, the Reds have built what appears to be a rock solid rotation, and losing any of their key cogs is a bummer, especially this close to the start of the suspended season. On the other hand, it must be incredibly frustrating for Disco, who is entering his final year before free agency and has already spent ample time on the IL/DL in his career already due to various forearm and oblique issues.
Fortunately, the injury appears to be a minor one, with The Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale pointing out that paired with the retroactive nature of the IL placement means that Disco might only miss one start in the best case scenario. (For the record, the teres major is a muscle on the bottom/back part of the shoulder, more or less.)
This would appear to give Tyler Mahle a chance to get a start, something that’s far from an awful scenario if he’s on his game, as he often is. That’s one of the best parts of how this Reds club has been built, as it does have some pretty good depth options for when these unfortunate scenarios arise.
With that transaction in the books, the Reds announced their Opening Day roster, notably only using 28 of the available 30 spots. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand had the news.
Reds set Opening Day roster, with only 28 players: pic.twitter.com/Co3g4mBYc3— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 23, 2020
It’s a mix of 14 pitchers and 14 position players, and while it’s certainly questionable to not fill out the full 30 roster spots when given the opportunity, it is worth noting that the active roster is mandated to be shrunk to just 28 for all teams within two weeks, anyway. So while the Reds are seemingly forfeiting depth for the time being, it may simply be a case of having been confident in decisions already that were going to have to be made soon, anyway.
There are no real surprises on the roster, either. We’d already heard that Nate Jones and Brooks Raley were to be added, while it was also made clear that Cody Reed and Kyle Farmer had made the club, too. Likely the closest misses on the 40-man roster were pitchers Joel Kuhnel, Matt Bowman, and Jose De Leon, while Alex Blandino and Aristides Aquino were the most notable position players not included. They’ll all be staying in shape at the Prasco facility in Mason, OH, with the assumption that they’ll be ready for a call-up at some point when needed.
Reds baseball starts tomorrow, folks, even if we’re going to have to wait on Disco for a bit.
Go Reds. They’re our favorite team.