The offseason seemed to be going well for the Cincinnati Reds this year, and even earlier today it felt that way as the team officially introduced Nick Castellanos to the city at a press conference. But just before 6PM the Reds announced that third baseman Eugenio Suarez has surgery today on his right shoulder to remove loose cartilage after suffering an injury while swimming. It was also noted that his activity will be limited at the start of spring training, but it’s anticipated that he will be ready to play near the beginning of the regular season on March 26th.
Shoulder injury is never the words you want to hear with an athlete. This injury, however, doesn’t sound serious or Eugenio Suarez wouldn’t be working on a timetable of being ready to play, at least potentially, by March 26th. Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds are sorting through their options of who could possibly play third base if Suarez isn’t ready to begin the season, but that one of the options isn’t likely to be Nick Senzel. He is also coming back from shoulder surgery, and his injury and surgery was a little more serious than the one that Suarez suffered.
GM Nick Krall said they are sorting through options to play 3B if Eugenio Suarez has a delayed start to the season, but it probably won't be Nick Senzel. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) January 28, 2020
While he doesn’t get any deeper than that with the information within the tweet, we can try to figure it out on our own, too. Depending on the timeline could change the answer. One answer could be to slide Mike Moustakas over to third base until Suarez came back, and play someone else at second. Moustakas has tons of experience at third base, but he has been somewhat limited at second, where he will be playing for the Reds for the next four years. Perhaps they won’t want to mess with that.
If that’s not going to happen, then the team could look at Kyle Farmer, Josh VanMeter, or Alex Blandino among the players that are on the 40-man roster. All three players have spent plenty of time at third base in their minor league careers at third base. Those three players would also seem to be the options to play second base if the team were to go ahead and slide Mike Moustakas to third base in the mean time. The other option could be to slide Nick Senzel back to second base to fill in, and let some of the outfield depth play itself out on the field until Suarez returns.