Talk about some terrible timing:
Outfielder Jesse Winker suffered something called a left hip flexor sprain, and he’s now on the 10-day disabled list. Winker, of course, has been in the middle of an outfield logjam as we’ve noted here many times (and noted capably by Zach Buchanan in yesterday’s Enquirer). When he’s been on the field, however, Winker has displayed the talent we’d been expecting, hitting .297/.402/.500 with 4 home runs in 30 games for Cincinnati.
Taking Winker’s place on the roster will be Phillip Ervin, who was just optioned to Triple-A two days ago (during the flurry of action surrounding Blake Wood’s DFA).
Also of note, Stuart Turner was placed on the paternity list. He’ll be replaced by Chad Wallach. Wallach, the son of former big league All Star Tim Wallach, is a 25 year-old catcher who was a fifth round pick of the Marlins out of Cal State Fullerton. He hit .226/.280/.398 in 64 games for Louisville this year. When (if?) he appears in a game for the Reds, Wallach will be making his major league debut.
The big league catching ranks are getting thin.