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Reds move infielder Mike Moustakas to 60-day IL, select Josh Osich

MLB Trade Rumors
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 2021-06-19
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It seems as though Mike Moustakas is essentially back at square one, and the  Reds won’t have the slugger back in the lineup until after the All-Star break. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds moved infielder Mike Moustakas to the 60-day injured list on Saturday, opening up a 40-man roster spot so Cincinnati could select the contract of left-hander Josh Osich. Right-hander Ashton Goudeau was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Osich on the active roster.

Moustakas has already been out of action since May 19 due to a right heel contusion, and he had only just began a minor-league rehab assignment earlier this week when he re-aggravated the injury. Now it seems as though Moustakas is essentially back at square one, and the Reds won’t have the slugger back in the lineup until after the All-Star break.

To their credit, the Reds have still been one of the better-hitting teams in baseball even without Moustakas available for much of the season, and with Moustakas off to rather an average start (.241/.337/.437) over his first 102 plate appearances. But naturally, the Reds would’ve wanted Moustakas back as soon as possible to bolster a left side of the infield that hasn’t gotten much offense from Eugenio Suarez or Kyle Farmer. Moustakas began the year as Cincinnati’s regular third baseman with Suarez at shortstop, but the Moose shifted across the diamond to play first base when Joey Votto was on the injured list.

Osich signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in December. Best known for his four years in the Giants’ bullpen from 2015-18, Osich has since been a member of five different organizations, and he posted a 5.02 ERA over 86 innings with the White Sox, Red So, and Cubs over the last two seasons. Osich will add more left-handed depth to Cincinnati’s bullpen, and provide a fresh arm after the Reds used five pitchers in Friday’s 8-2 loss to the Padres. Goudeau was one of those pitchers, allowing two runs on three walks and four hits over his two innings.

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