Baseball is dumb.
Just when you think the 2018 Cincinnati Reds season couldn’t start off any worse, this happens:
One day after tying his career-high with five RBI and blasting a game-winning three-run home run at PNC Park, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suárez took a pitch off his right hand in the fourth inning Sunday and suffered a fracture to his right thumb.
This just weeks after Suarez signed a 7-year, $66 million contract. It’s just awful.
Plenty of speculation about whether this means Nick Senzel is due to arrive in Cincinnati. If Suarez is out for an extended period, the answer will be: “Yes, but not right now.” The Reds are going to wait until they’ve secured that extra year of Senzel’s services. If Suarez is still hurt at that point, the Reds almost have to bring him up.
For now, it’s going to be Alex Blandino, who has been playing third base for Louisville.
Alex Blandino was taken out of the game in Louisville
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 8, 2018
Blandino will be in Philadelphia tomorrow, but I expect Phil Gosselin to get most of the starts at third base until Senzel gets here.
Reds could call up Nick Senzel on April 13 and avoid service time issue on team control.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 8, 2018
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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