The Cincinnati Reds were hit with a wave of bad news over the weekend as three of the team’s top players went down with ailments.
On Saturday, infielder Matt Davidson was placed on the injured list after testing positive for COVID-19. He appeared in the Reds’ Opening Day game on Friday, causing some concern regarding the spread of the virus and thus necessitating his placement on the injured list.
This morning, the Reds placed second baseman Mike Moustakas on the injured list after he woke up feeling under the weather, according to manager David Bell. While there are surely several batches of testing in his future, it’s impossible to speculate on his status until we know more. Nevertheless, he has been asked to stay home and avoid his teammates for the time being.
Moustakas, who was replaced on the active roster by catcher Tyler Stephenson, signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Reds this offseason after his deal with the Milwaukee Brewers expired. Prior to playing for the Brewers, Moustakas was in the Kansas City Royals’ organization for over a decade.
Talented young outfielder Nick Senzel was also scratched from the Reds’ lineup prior to the game. He wasn’t in the team’s original lineup but rather was added to the list when Moustakas was scratched. Senzel was slotted into the seventh position in the lineup prior to his absence.
While we don’t know much about Moustakas, even less is known about Senzel. He was not placed on the injured list and is still on the active roster. Further, he was scratched so close to game time that there was no time to discuss the news with David Bell, whose press conference had already concluded earlier in the day.
Of course, the Reds will likely add clarifying details to the situation following the conclusion of today’s game vs. the Tigers.