3 Reds players whose 40-man roster spot is in jeopardy once Andrew Abbott is added

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2. Reds RHP Derek Law could lose his 40-man roster spot to Andrew Abbott.

The Cincinnati Reds have this option if Derek Law's elbow injury is worse than originally thought. Initially diagnosed with an elbow sprain, Law is currently on the 15-day IL and has been there since mid-May.

If Law's injury is thought to keep him out for another six weeks or so, the Reds could opt to move the right-hander from the 15-day to the 60-day IL. But this should only be done if the timetable for his return matches the 60-day window.

After landing on the 15-day IL back on May 17th, moving the veteran reliever to the 60-day IL would be a sign that Cincinnati does not expect Law to be back and fully healthy until after the All-Star break. That would be a big blow to a Reds relief corps that's missing, arguably, its best pitcher.

Law has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Redlegs in 2023. The right-hander has started a handful of games as the team's opener while also coming up clutch when it matters most late in games. David Bell relied on Law a lot earlier this season, which may have led to his current injury.

There's been no real update of late, and the intial diagnosis obvioiusly didn't warrant placement on the 60-day IL, However, one never quite knows how these injuries will play out, esspecially when you're talking about shoulder and elbow issues involving a pitcher.