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.

Blandino will be in Philadelphia tomorrow, but I expect Phil Gosselin to get most of the starts at third base until Senzel gets here.

UPDATE:

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.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. Why would Gosselin start? We learn nothing about the future of the franchise and one of our young players by starting Gosselin. Start Blandino every day for the next month. See what he can do.

  2. Absolutely agree. If we were a playoff contender then maybe start Gosselin but obviously not sniffing the playoffs this year… this is an audition year, audition Blandino! And have Suarez on my fantasy team too, drat!

  3. that makes no sense Gosselin is a non roster invitee that barely caught on the team. They have to put Blandino in there and let him play

    • I didn’t say it makes sense. I said that’s what I expect Bryan Price to do.

  4. Here’s an idea: If Suarez is out for a long time and Senzel comes up and plays 3rd, and Peraza hasn’t shown anything by that point, then why not have Suarez take reps in AAA at SS, his old position, and let Senzel have 3B? I really believe Suarez’s new defensive prowess will translate back to SS, and this would sort the left side of the infield for the foreseeable future.

    Let all 2B/SS in the system duke it out for the right to play 2B.

  5. I would not call up Senzel. Give him 200 at bats. Don’t rush him. Let blandino play or….put Adam Duvall at 3b. That was his former position . Outfield problem solved.

  6. Pirates pitcher hits batter who had great game yesterday.
    Reds player signs long contract and goes on DL.
    Yep, those have been repeat headlines the last few years.

  7. Pirate pitchers are notorious for pitching inside.

  8. Please tell me our pitcher retaliated.

    • If you categorize getting the offending pitcher out on a comebacker to the mound the next time he came to the plate, then yes.

    • Nope – Price is gutless and it’s contagious.

  9. The retaliation was we never got another hit and snuck out of town. They will never go after our guys again!!

  10. Nobody “went after” anybody. It was a high fastball that ran in too far.

    The notion that anybody needs retaliation and that is has anything to do with price is bush league

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About Chad Dotson

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. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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