The Cincinnati Reds have reinstated Alex Blandino from the injured list, and then immediately optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. He likely won’t have to do much in terms of moving his stuff as he had been with the Bats in Triple-A for over a week now while on a rehab assignment. An assignment that was going quite well, too.
The 26-year-old is coming back from knee surgery that he had 10-and-a-half months ago after tearing his ACL against the Pittsburgh Pirates late last July. In Alex Blandino‘s seven games played with Louisville since being sent there for a rehab assignment, he’s hit .318/.464/.591. He homered twice, walked five times, and he struck out just four times in 28 plate appearances.
He will officially join the Bats roster today. As I type this the other side of that roster move for Louisville has not been announced.
The Opening Night Billings Mustangs Lineup
The Billings Mustangs kick off their season tonight with a home game at Dehler Park against the Idaho Falls Chukars. And we’ve got the lineup:
- Cash Case – Left Field
- Jonathan Willems – Second Base
- Reniel Ozuna – Right Field
- Edwin Yon – Designated Hitter
- Carlos Reina – Catcher
- Quin Cotton – Center Field
- Ranser Amador – Shortstop
- Leonardo Seminati – First Base
- Claudio Finol – Third Base
- Carlos Carreno – Starting Pitch
Not a ton of surprise here with one exception: Cash Case in left field. Since being drafted in 2017 he’s only played 2.2 innings at a position other than second base. Those innings came in 1 game last year and they came at first base. He struggled with errors at second, posting a fielding percentage of .881 over his two seasons there, making 18 errors in 52 games.