This spring has been rather tough on the Cincinnati Reds lineup. It seems that once a week a player has an injury. Mat Latos needed knee surgery on the first day of camp. Homer Bailey has missed two starts with a groin injury. Sean Marshall still hasn’t thrown in a game this spring. Aroldis Chapman took a line drive off of his head and will miss at least 6-8 weeks. Skip Schumaker hurt his shoulder diving for a baseball yesterday afternoon. Devin Mesoraco tweaked an oblique muscle the other day in the cages.
And those are all players who were expected to be on the big league roster and play a decent sized role. The Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. So in that sense, there is something that can make you feel a little bit better, as most of the injuries listed above do not seem to be long term issues (Chapman will be and perhaps Schumaker since we don’t know the extent of his injury yet).
The Reds schedule in April though is brutal. Six of the first nine games are against the Cardinals. Nine of the first twelve come against the Cardinals or the Tampa Bay Rays. Twelve of the first fifteen are against the Cardinals, Rays or Pittsburgh Pirates. Overall, in the month of April the Reds will play the Cardinals, Rays, Pirates and Braves a total of 19 times. Those teams were a combined 110 games over .500 last season. Maybe the Reds will be able to go 9-0 against the Cubs and Mets in the month and things will even out some.
Perhaps Homer Bailey, Mat Latos, Devin Mesoraco and Sean Marshall will all be ready to go at the start of the season and things will be fine. But with the schedule playing out as it does for the first month of the season and the injuries being what they have been so far, there is and should be some concern with how the Reds are looking heading into April against an incredibly tough schedule (at least on paper).