Reds Notes: Friedl, Cruz, Ramos, Votto

TJ Friedl was (retroactively) positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a left indirect pressure on Could 12, and the thought on the time was that Friedl may solely miss the minimal 10 days, provided that the Reds have been considerably on the fence about whether or not or to not even place him on the IL.  Because it seems, Friedl may certainly be again rapidly, as supervisor David Bell instructed reporters (together with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s duo of Charlie Goldsmith and Bobby Nightengale) that Friedl will take reside batting observe on Monday, and may very well be activated from the IL for Tuesday’s sport if all goes properly following the BP session.

It’s a aid on a couple of ranges for Friedl and the Reds, since even minor indirect accidents can linger for weeks on finish, and since Friedl has been an enormous a part of Cincinnati’s lineup.  Roughly alternating between heart and left discipline, Friedl leads the Reds with 1.2 fWAR, owing to his total contribution as a defender, baserunner, and hitter.  Friedl has hit .306/.351/.468 with three homers over 138 plate appearances, albeit with some success — the outfielder has a .376 BABIP, and his .354 wOBA is much higher than his .283 xwOBA.

Fernando Cruz may also be nearing a return, because the right-hander began a Triple-A rehab project as we speak.  Cruz has missed the final three weeks as a consequence of a shoulder pressure, and the staff’s plan is to provide him three rehab outings earlier than doubtlessly reinstating him from the 15-day injured checklist subsequent week.  Cruz had a 6.59 ERA over 13 2/3 aid innings earlier than hitting the IL, although the final 2 2/3 of these innings (and three of Cruz’s 10 earned runs allowed) got here after Cruz mentioned he began to really feel discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

The Reds positioned Henry Ramos on the 10-day IL yesterday as a consequence of a proper hip pressure, and Bell mentioned that Ramos will obtain an MRI on Monday.  Friedl’s impending return implies that Cincinnati most likely received’t be shorthanded within the outfield for too lengthy, however the MRI ought to reveal how lengthy Ramos is likely to be out of motion.

Joey Votto has but to play this season, however the longtime Reds star is likely to be a bit nearer to a return, as he participated in reside batting observe with the Reds’ Triple-A membership in Louisville as we speak.  Votto might be re-evaluated tomorrow because the Reds attempt to decide whether or not or not the primary baseman may be capable to restart his rehab project.

After present process season-ending rotator cuff and bicep surgical procedure final August, Votto has been taking a cautious path, as his restoration course of delayed his Spring Coaching work.  Votto started the season on the 10-day injured checklist however performed 10 video games throughout a Triple-A rehab project in April earlier than the project was paused, as Votto wasn’t practically able to return earlier than the top of his 20-day rehab window.  After one other month of remedy and ramping up his baseball actions, Votto now appears to be like like he may be capable to take the sphere once more in Louisville.  The Reds moved Votto to the 60-day IL, so he isn’t eligible to return till the top of Could anyway, although he will certainly take longer than that to get absolutely prepared.