The Cincinnati Reds opened up their Thursday knowing that they wouldn’t be playing baseball due to the weather. Despite that, though, they did have to have their official roster set for the start of the season by 11am ET. And it took a lot of moves to make that happen.
Some of the moves we knew were coming. Some of them, one in particular, comes as a surprise. The Reds placed five players on the disabled list:
- Anthony DeSclafani went to the 60-day disabled list (oblique strain)
- Brandon Finnegan to the 10-day disabled list (biceps strain)
- David Hernandez to the 10-day disabled list (shoulder inflammation)
- Michael Lorenzen to the 10-day disabled list (shoulder strain)
- Kevin Shackelford to the 10-day disabled list (forearm strain)
David Hernandez was the only one of those moves that we weren’t completely sure of. The rest of the moves seemed like they were out there, but just not official yet. It’s the next move that was announced that was surprising – though perhaps I simply missed it somewhere: Raisel Iglesias was placed on the 3-day paternity leave list. Big congratulations out to him and his family.
The roster additions also had a few surprises. The team purchased the contract of Cliff Pennington, though we already knew that one was coming. The moves that we didn’t see coming were that the team chose to recall from the Minor Leagues Cody Reed and Jackson Stephens. Both had been optioned to the minors earlier this spring. But, even more surprising is that Cody Reed is going to get the start for the Reds on Tuesday as the #5 starter, as first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
The stated plan had seemed to be that when the final spot in the rotation was needed that if Brandon Finnegan weren’t quite ready to make that start, that it would go to Amir Garrett. And then once Finnegan was ready, presumably just the next time through, Garrett would slide back into the bullpen. With opening day causing a change in what day it was that would be needed for that fifth spot, and potentially Raisel Iglesias missing out the first few days, it seems that Bryan Price would rather have Garrett in the bullpen for the first week.
Reed will make the start Tuesday, not Garrett. Price wants Garrett in the bullpen for Nats and Cubs. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 29, 2018
Here’s the full Opening Day roster