Mike Moustakas' latest trip to the IL still isn't as expensive as this injured Reds player

Cincinnati Red third baseman Mike Moustakas (9) waits in the dugout.
Cincinnati Red third baseman Mike Moustakas (9) waits in the dugout. / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Moustakas is on the Injured List yet again. Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds recalled TJ Friedl after Moustakas was placed on the IL for a third time this season.

Moose was not given a designation, suggesting this is an illness rather than an injury. Even if a player has not tested positive for COVID-19, showing symptoms is enough to warrant a player going on the IL.

To date, per Spotrac, Mike Moustakas has earned $1.2M while on the Injured List. Moose was on the IL back in April with a biceps injury and missed two days in May with an illness. The Reds third baseman has now missed 14 games so far in 2022.

Donovan Solano has cost the Reds $1.57M while on the IL.

But, believe it or not, Donovan Solano has accumulated $1.57M while on the IL. The former San Francisco Giants infielder was signed to a one-year/$4.5M contract this past spring, but has been out of the Cincinnati Reds lineup since suffering a hamstring injury prior to Opening Day.

Solano has been on the IL for 65 days, but it was reported yesterday, via MLB.com, that the infielder will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville this week. This is welcome news for a team that has amassed a ton of injuries during the first two months of the season.

Combined, Donovan Solano and Mike Moustakas have missed 79 days and have accumulated approximately $3M combined while on the Injured List this season. But that's still less than the $3.27M that Mike Minor earned while he was on the IL for 61 days.

All combined, the Cincinnati Reds have paid over $12M to players on the IL this season. While the Reds players combined to miss a total of 791 days, which leads Major League Baseball by a wide margin, the New York Mets lead the way in terms of salary paid to injured players this season.

New York has shelled out over $20M to players on the IL, including $11.1M to Jacob deGrom and $4.4M to Max Scherzer. The Boston Red Sox have doled out quite a bit of money to injured players as well, including $10.4M to Chris Sale.

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