How many times has Mike Moustakas been placed on the IL since joining the Reds?

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9).
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9). / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas was placed on the Injured List on Thursday and was replaced on the roster by utility infielder Max Schrock. Moustakas has appeared in 63 games this season.

Believe it or not, the 63 games Moose has played in this season are actually one better than he what he able to churn out in 2021. Moustakas appeared in just 62 games last season after dealing with a heel contusion throughout the summer.

Moustakas has been on the IL four separate times this season and has missed a combined 22 days. He's earned nearly $2M of his $16M salary while on the Injured List in 2022.

This is Mike Moustakas' 9th trip to the IL since joining the Reds.

According to Spotrac, Mike Moustakas has now made nine separate trips to the Injured List since joining the Cincinnati Reds. Moose made two trips to the IL during the 2020 season, three trips in 2021, and is currently sitting on the Injured List for the fourth time this season.

Spotrac has calculated that over Moustakas' two-plus seasons with the Reds, he has been shelved for 142 days and collected about $11M while on the IL. To be fair, several of Moose's trips to the Injured List have been COVID-related. By comparison, Nick Senzel missed 136 days last season alone.

Moustakas has made 205 at-bats this season and is hitting just .210/.298/.337. Moose has five home runs and 20 RBIs on the season and has become little more than the Cincinnati Reds' designated hitter. Moustakas has also seen time at first and third base.

After signing a four-year/$64M contract during the 2019-20 offseason, Mike Moustakas was expected to be a key piece in Cincinnati's quest to compete for the NL Central crown in 2020 and beyond. Moustakas is likely to go down as the worst free agent signings in Cincinnati Reds history.

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