The Cincinnati Reds have made a set of roster moves today. The team announced earlier this afternoon that catcher Tucker Barnhart has been activated from the paternity list and that right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson was placed in the injured list with a back injury.

Barnhart and his wife welcomed a new addition to their family over the weekend and everyone is healthy and happy. And now he’s back in uniform for the Reds and ready to catch baseballs and throw out baserunners (and maybe hit some dingers, too).

Robert Stephenson hasn’t exactly had the healthiest summer, though it could be worse (see Marlins, Miami). During Summer Camp he was dealing with a little bit of a wrist issue that kept him off of the mound for a short period of time. And now today he’s been placed on the 10-day injured list with a back injury. The right-handed reliever pitched on Saturday against Detroit, giving up two runs while only recording one out in his appearance. He did not pitch on Sunday or on Monday.

As of now, there is no word on either Mike Moustakas, who is on the injured list, or Nick Senzel, who is currently not on the injured list. Both players have been away from the team since Sunday when they both reported feeling sick. This came a day after Matt Davidson got his results back that he had tested positive for COVID-19. All that we know is that neither player has tested positive to this point. We only know that because Major League Baseball released their report this afternoon stating that the only positive tests since Friday, out of over 6400, came from the Miami Marlins. It’s important to note, though, that we do not know how many players or personnel are still awaiting results from tests that took place in that time frame. Getting results over the weekend has been a challenge for Major League Baseball.

11 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Getting results from players with symptoms or teams with high risk exposures would be fast forwarded and prioritized. The Phillies arranged for rapid results testing by taking samples locally to Rutgers. I’m sure the Reds have results back on Moose and Senzel from Sunday because not random surveillance but symptoms and priority.

    • Doug Gray

      While I’m sure teams are doing their own testing when individuals come up with symptoms or contact with someone who has been sick, those tests don’t matter as far as MLB is concerned. Obviously if it comes back positive, that’s a problem. But if they come back negative, MLB isn’t concerned with those tests, see Juan Soto’s situation with the Nationals.

      • centerfield

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      • Doug Gray

        Can’t tell ya. All I can guess is you chose something incorrectly (it wasn’t your email address – just the username for the company of said email address – no one could actually see your email address but me). I fixed it for you on that comment, though.

      • Old-school

        Yes. The issue with Moose and Senzel is they have symptoms shortly after a high risk exposure to a teammate-Davidson. An early negative test cant clear them. But that doesn’t mean testing negative isnt important or meaningful. I hope for both of them as people they stay negative and feel great soon and are itching to get back. If they have no symptoms next week and test negative again next week and feel good, they could be playing again by late next week.

        I don’t know Soto’s details, but once he tested positive, he’s missing time regardless of how many tests he gets.

      • Doug Gray

        There is no “time limit” on how long one has to be on the COVID-19 injured list – which Moustakas is on, but Senzel is not.

        We do not know if Moustakas tested positive or not – you do not need to test positive to be placed on that list.

        So in theory, both could be playing tonight as long as neither actually has a positive test. Once you do have a positive test, you just need to test negative, twice, more than 24 hours apart, via MLB testing.

        Juan Soto’s issue seems to be that the MLB testing it taking a long time to get his results back. He’s been taking his own tests and getting negative results, and he’s upset that he can’t come back yet.

      • Old-school

        There’s a difference between Soto getting his own test and the Phillies going to an academic institution like Rutgers and getting the best test with the best labs. The last I saw MLB was using a private lab in Utah with saliva based tests. No one does that. That’s not standard of care. The Phillies and Reds would have access to academic institutions and labs locally far more credible than some lab in Utah doing saliva tests.

        The CDC guidelines from last week are about time and symptoms. If Moose and Senzel have negative tests and feel good and its late next week, they will be back.

      • Doug Gray

        There is no rule about how long players with symptoms have to be out unless they have a positive test.

        As far as MLB is concerned, the tests the Phillies got only matter if they produce a positive test. If Juan Soto, for example got his tests at Rutgers and he got 2 back that were negative, it would not matter and he still would not be allowed to play. He, and everyone else, must get 2 negative test results back from the MLB tests.

        Right now, neither Senzel or Moustakas have a positive test. Therefore they do not need to get multiple negative tests 24 hours apart to return. CDC guidelines are just that – guidelines – as far as MLB is concerned.

  2. Eric the Red

    I’m still surprised neither the union nor the league has done more to get guys to change their behaviors on their field. The Reds have an active outbreak that has taken down somewhere between one and three players, and Stephenson last night kissed his hand and then high fived everyone in the dugout.

    I’m not picking on Stephenson by any means. But is it so tough to convince guys “try not to touch each other unnecessarily”? Considering what’s at stake—serious health risks and a whole lot of money—you’d think that basic message could get through.

    • centerfield

      If Tyler Stephenson has it, then the whole team would be infected, but it is easy to understand his joy after hitting a HR in his first big league AB.
      These young men get caught up in the moment at times and easily revert to things they’ve done their whole life.
      On a more concerning note, the Marlins cancel next 6 games. The end is nigh.
      Also, if Thom says he took a pitch right down the middle, one more time…..

  3. CallowayPost

    I’m sure having Tucker back and the positivity and happiness he is surely to be brimming with will he welcome. Not that the team is beating themselves up, but the familiar face and that infectious mood could sure be a nice boost.


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