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:

  1. Cash Case – Left Field
  2. Jonathan Willems – Second Base
  3. Reniel Ozuna – Right Field
  4. Edwin Yon – Designated Hitter
  5. Carlos Reina – Catcher
  6. Quin Cotton – Center Field
  7. Ranser Amador – Shortstop
  8. Leonardo Seminati – First Base
  9. Claudio Finol – Third Base
  10. 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.

10 Responses

  1. SteveO

    I’m thinking Martinez sent down to make room for Blandino.

    • Doug Gray

      I’m wondering if, because he was optioned, he doesn’t have to “report” for 3 days even though he was already there. And this could be why no move was made yet. But that’s just me thinking out loud. I’ve reached out to see what the corresponding move was/is, but haven’t heard back.

      • Big Ed

        This was likely just the Reds being cheap. Blandino, as I understand it, had a max rehab of 20 days. While on rehab, they would pay him MLB salary, because he got hurt while playing for the big team. It works out to about $3,000/day at the MLB minimum.

        By doing this, they put him on the cheaper AAA scale for what I think they call a split contract. It saves the Reds $20k or more, if I have this right.

      • RojoBenjy

        @Big Ed

        Tom Nichols spent quite some time discussing the salary issue during the Dragons broadcast last night. He mentioned immediately how it changes Blandino’s paycheck.

    • Doug Gray

      It was Martinez that was sent down (to Billings).

  2. RojoBenjy

    Dear Mr. Williams,

    All I want for my birthday is to see Mr. Peraza and Mr. Blandino trade places on their respective team’s rosters.

    But if you are feeling really generous, please swap Mr. Peralta and Mr. Ervin also. The Reds won’t miss Mr. Peralta, and Mr. Ervin will supply Mr. David Bell with the left fielder he will undoubtedly miss in the absence of Mr. Peraza from the roster.

    As a benefit to you, such moves will help your team’s run production and run prevention simultaneously.

    It’s really a win-win, Mr. Williams.

    Thanks for considering.

    • Patrick

      Since May 5 Peraza is been doing just fine. He started out the year horribly at the plate. For the last 6 weeks he has a .322 obp and .710 ops which is good considering he is not playing everyday. For reference Senzel has .323 obp during this time and I do not see the clamoring of demoting him. Or what about Winker with his .294 obp and .620 ops which is below the Billy Hamilton line (.300 obp .630ops)

      • RojoBenjy

        Why do you think he’s the future of this club?

        I see nothing to wow me. His OBP does not include BB as part of his on base skill.

        One outlier of a season last year where he had 200 hits, as his supporters like to mention. Now he’s regressed to career norms.

        Walt Jocketty loved this player. He made a three way trade to get him.

        Walt Jocketty. Loved this player.