Austin Hendrick was hit by a pitch in the thigh on May 23rd. He initially remained in the game, but was removed an inning later. The Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick from 2020 hasn’t played since. But he also was not placed on the 7-day injured list with the hopes that he could play before that time frame was up. The days kept piling up, though, and Hendrick wasn’t ready to take the field. Injuries kept piling up for the Daytona Tortugas, too, and after their game last night that saw two more players exit the game with injuries in the first inning the team had just one position player available the rest of the game. That must have been the final straw as a move was finally made to place Hendrick on the injured list, retroactively to yesterday.
The official designation was that Austin Hendrick is on the injured list with a left groin strain. The 19-year-old was hitting .244/.466/.366 with 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 58 plate appearances this season for the Tortugas through the first 14 games of the season.
Daytona made two other roster moves on the day, too. Infielder Debby Santana was also placed on the 7-day injured list with a low back spasm. The 20-year-old was out to a tough start at the plate, hitting .170/.254/.245 through 16 games for the Tortugas while splitting time between third base and the designated hitter position.
Only one player was added back to the roster for today as the Reds promoted infielder Ranser Amador from extended spring training in Goodyear. The 22-year-old split time between Billings and Greeneville in 2019, playing in 44 games and hitting .154/.200/.179. Since leaving the Dominican Summer League and arriving in the US he’s played all of his games but one at the shortstop position, with the lone game away from there being at second base when he played there for two innings back in 2018.