Reds news: Riddled with injuries, Cincinnati makes flurry of roster moves

ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 22: Wade Miley #22 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 22: Wade Miley #22 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

When it rains, it pours. The Cincinnati Reds made a flurry of moves on Friday afternoon, most of which do not bode well for David Bell’s ball club. Nick Senzel and Wade Miley were both placed on the 10-day injured list, and Carson Fulmer was designated for assignment.

The Reds added three players to the roster as well. Outfielder Scott Heineman will make his Cincinnati debut, as will right-hander Ashton Goudeau. The team also selected the contract of reliever Brad Brach.

The Reds are hurting big time!

Add Senzel and Miley to the list of Cincinnati’s walking wounded. Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas are also on the 10-day IL. Votto may be out for a few more weeks, but the hope is that Moose will be back after his 10 days are up.

Michael Loreznen, who was supposed to be counted on as one of the Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers this season, has been on the injured list since the season began. The right-hander began throwing this past week, but we’re probably talking about July at the earliest before Mikey Biceps is back on the mound.

Senzel’s been dealing with a heel contusion and knee soreness for a few days now, and he’s being treated for knee inflammation. Miley suffered a left foot sprain, and the southpaw will probably miss a handful of starts.

Meet the new Reds.

With a slew of roster moves, there’s bound to be some unfamiliar faces, right? Heineman had solid spring, and  just missed making the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. Had it not been for the acquisition of Tyler Naquin, there’s a good chance Heineman would have made the cut.

Goudeau was picked up from the Colorado Rockies and will be part of the Reds bullpen. Cincinnati’s relief corp is in dire need of assistance. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in two games at Triple-A Louisville.

The final piece of the puzzle is a grizzled veteran. Brad Brach had been pitching quite well for the Louisville Bats. He owns a 0.00 ERA in 6.2 innings of relief with 12 strikeouts and just one free pass. Brach has played 10 big leagues seasons with time in Baltimore, New York (Mets), Chicago (Cubs), Atlanta, and San Diego.

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Miley last pitched on Wednesday, so he’d be eligible to come of the IL as early as May 30th. Senzel hasn’t played since May 17th. If the Reds backdate his designation, the 26-year-old could be eligible to come of the injured list next Friday.