The Cincinnati Reds made two roster moves today before their game with the Washington Nationals. The Reds placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to the 16th of May. He will be eligible to return to the lineup on the 30th of May.
The team also activated outfielder Jay Bruce, who has missed the last three weeks after having his knee scoped. Bruce was not in the lineup against Washington, though he is presumably available to pinch hit.
The offense has been anemic all season long, but even more so without Bruce and Votto who are the two team leaders in on-base percentage. It seems that the baseball gods have once again giveth and immediately taken away from the Reds who has had roughly 99 injuries this season. While getting Bruce back will likely help them add something to the lineup, there are still too many question marks throughout the lineup and without both of these guys in the lineup, the team is very likely going to continue to have any sort of consistent offense.
With Bruce back, Bryan Price will have to tweak the lineup some. Perhaps moving Phillips up to the number two spot in the order and placing Jay Bruce in the number three spot. With Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Ludwick batting in some order behind the top three guys.