The Cincinnati Reds made quite a few roster moves this afternoon in their farm system. Among those moves was placing three minor leaguers on the 60-day disabled list. While I’m unsure about the exact way that the minor league disabled lists work in this aspect, I assume that a player on the 60-day disabled list in the minor leagues is simply used for accounting of a roster spot within the organization much like it is on the 40-man roster at the big league level.
Perhaps the biggest move of the day was seeing the team outright reliever JJ Hoover to Louisville. He was placed on and cleared waivers today. The Reds did not make a move to immediately fill the spot on the 40-man roster.
Today’s transactions also included the transferring of right handed pitchers Nick Howard and Jake Paulson to the 60-day disabled list as well as infielder Jermaine Curtis. John Lamb was also sent to the 7-day disabled list for Louisville with an elbow strain.
Nick Howard has been on the disabled list since late June, last appearing in a game on June 20th for the Daytona Tortugas. The right hander went on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He had been struggling with his control for the second straight season before hitting the disabled list.
Jake Paulson, also spending his season with the Tortugas, had struggles staying healthy. He made three different trips to the disabled list this season. The big right hander last appeared for Daytona on July 14th when he threw 2.1 innings against St. Lucie. The only time of the three that he was placed on the disabled list that a reasoning was given was on May 1st when he was listed as having shoulder inflammation.
Jermaine Curtis had been having a strong season for the Louisville Bats. The infielder was hitting .291/.404/.435 and was the lone All-Star for the Bats this season. On July 31st he singled in his first trip to the plate but pulled his hamstring as he began to round first base. He limped off of the field on his own, but apparently the injury is bad enough that it would appear he’s done for the season with the 60-day disabled list designation. Curtis was having the best season of his career, setting a career high with nine home runs (previous high was five, which he had done twice) and an OPS of .839, which is the second best he’s ever had (.848 in the Texas League – which is hitter friendly).
The signing of TJ Friedl is now official. It was approved by the commissioners office and as first reported by Baseball America, was for $735,000. That was the most that the team could spend without going over their allowed money spent in 2016 on draft eligible players (even though he went undrafted, signing him counts towards that pool) and retaining their 2017 1st round pick. His bonus is the most ever handed out to a non-drafted American born amateur free agent.
The team also singed two more international free agent. Outfielders Victor Gonzalez and William Nava were both signed to 2017 contracts by the organization.