Well, the injury bug finally leapt up and bit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon. While the Reds walked away with a shutout victory over the New York Mets, the team may have lost one of their best players,
TJ Friedl, who's off to a terrific start in his second big league season, left the game prematurely with an injury. It's not yet know the severity or if the injury will force the Reds onto the IL.
If Friedl is to miss any time, the Reds would certainly have to fill his spot temporarily. There's so much hype surrounding the litany of top prospects down at Triple-A Louisville, so Nick Krall shouldn't have much of a problem finding a suitable replacement. If Friedl misses time, who's likely to be called up to The Show?
1. Reds OF Michael Siani could be called up if TJ Friedl is placed on the IL.
Not the name you were expecting, was it? Well, you may want to buckle up for this one, Reds fans. If the Cincinnati Reds are looking for a short-term solution to offset the loss of TJ Friedl, don't be shocked if Michael Siani gets the call.
Siani wouldn't necessarily receive a promotion to the big leagues based on merit. The outfielder had a cup of coffee with the Reds in 2022 and his paltry .532 OPS at Triple-A Louisville is not going to get the attention of the Reds brass.
But, whlie Siani isn't lighting it up down in the Derby City, the former fourth-round draft pick is part of the team's 40-man roster. That would make the transaction very simple.
Siani, like Friedl, is a left-handed hitter, but the 23-year-old is better known for his glove than his bat. One could argue that the outfield defense would be better with Siani on the major league roster, but the lineup would definitely take a big step back. Siani is an option, just not the best one.