Late on Saturday night the Cincinnati Reds announced several roster moves, sending five players to the “alternate roster” at Prasco Park, and also announcing that they would have Nate Jones on the opening day roster. That move will require a move on the 40-man, but it is not official yet and likely won’t be until right before opening day. Derek Dietrich was joined by fellow infielder Alfredo Rodriguez and relievers Jesse Biddle, Alex Powers, and RJ Alaniz in the group of players that were reassigned.
Derek Dietrich being included in the group is not a shock. He had just returned to the team after not initially being on the player pool roster because he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to wait to test negative twice before he was able to travel to Cincinnati and join the team. With the amount of time that he missed, he simply was not going to be ready to play by opening day.
Alfredo Rodriguez hadn’t been playing much during the scrimmages since they had started playing them. The three relievers hadn’t been seeing much game time, either – though both Jesse Biddle and Alex Powers pitches in the Summer Series game on Saturday night. I don’t recall seeing RJ Alaniz pitch at all since the return, but it’s possible that I’m simply not remembering an appearance.
In the last two days the Reds have “cut” 11 players as they’ve trimmed things down in order to try and get to closer to the 30-man opening day roster limit. There are 58 players on the Cincinnati player pool roster, but the “active” number is now down to 47. Opening Day is less than a week from now, with the Detroit Tigers coming to town on Tuesday for a set of exhibition games on Tuesday and Wednesday before the regular season begins on Friday evening.