With the regular season not yet going for any of the minor league teams with the exception of the Louisville Bats, the transactions are just randomly showing up – days after they have been listed as happening in the transaction log. That should not be an issue after next week when everyone else gets on the field, but until then it’s a bit of a struggle as some of them show up from several days ago after more recent ones have been listed. And that’s what happened on Sunday afternoon and one of them seemed to be a big one as 2023 1st round pick (38th overall selection) Ty Floyd was placed on the 60-day injured list. He’s been shut down for a few weeks after experiencing some elbow discomfort.

Two weeks ago when the Cincinnati Reds played in two Spring Breakout games in the span of three days, Ty Floyd didn’t take the mound despite being on the roster. At the time it felt a little strange that he was on the roster but didn’t pitch. There could have been a few reasons for it, and maybe it’s entirely unrelated to the issue he’s dealing with now, but it certainly caught the eye.

With his being shut down, if and when he gets back to throwing this season he’s going to need to build back up before he’ll be ready to join a team and go out as a starter and throw 4+ innings every five or six days.

Ty Floyd wasn’t the only player recently added to the injured list, though. Connor Overton was placed on the injured list, as was Edwin Rios. Overton’s placement isn’t surprising as he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had in late May of last year.

Edwin Rios signed with the Reds on a minor league deal in mid-February. He’s spent parts of the last five years in the big leagues, but his deal with Cincinnati did not include an invite to big league camp and he didn’t make it into any of the big league games. Rios was placed on the 7-day injured list, so it would seem that his injury isn’t something that’s expected to cost him a long period of time to return from.

Reds sign Jorge Puerta

Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers released Jorge Puerta. He was a free agent for just three days before he signed with Cincinnati. The 22-year-old from Colombia has an interesting defensive profile – he’s seen a pretty even split of games played at catcher, first base, and left field in his career. In 2023 he played in 82 games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in the California League. He hit .256/.363/.335 with two home runs, 41 walks, and 74 strikeouts in 336 plate appearances.

More Releases

An unfortunate part of the game is seeing guys released. As spring training comes to an end the clubs across baseball have to make tough decisions to trim their rosters down to 165 players – down from 180 in past seasons thanks to new rules. Teams were conscious of that rule when they invited players to camp and even when signing players in the offseason, but they still needed to invite enough players to cover for the inevitable injuries that do occur in the spring so there are enough players to fill out rosters.

This past week there were three more players released: Hayden Jones, Wendell Marrero, and Alexander Ovalles.

Hayden Jones was an undrafted free agent signing in 2021. The catcher played in a handful of games late that summer with the Arizona Complex League Reds. Then in 2022 he moved up to play for Daytona (72 games) and Dayton (four games) where he hit a combined .233/.292/.395 with 10 home runs. Last season he played in 25 games with Dayton, hitting .230/.240/.392 with three home runs. He also pitched in his final game of the season.

Wendell Marrero was the Reds 11th round pick back in 2019 out of high school in Puerto Rico. Since then he’s played in the complex league in Arizona, Single-A Daytona, and High-A Dayton. Last season he saw time in both Daytona (12 games) and Dayton (38 games). In his 50 games he struggled to hit, posting a .177/.301/.269 line between his two stops.

Alexander Ovalles never played in a regular season game with the organization. The Reds selected him in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft back in December. In 2023 he was with the Rays organization and played in 32 games at the Double-A level and then four games on a rehab stint in their complex league.

5 Responses

  1. Doc

    Elbow and 60 day IL is never a good combination, especially for a high draft pick before he has even made it through his first training camp.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s bound to happen sometimes, though. Hopefully it is something rest and rehab can take care of.

  2. Andrew

    In other news, Joe Boyle back to being Joe Boyle

    • Old Big Ed

      Boyle did have 4 errors committed behind him, plus his own error. On the other hand, only 1 of the 8 runs were unearned.

      The A’s, White Sox and Rockies are all awful. The Mets and Marlins might be.