The Cincinnati Reds will play without third baseman Mike Moustakas until at least April 27.
Initially, Moustakas was in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But before the game, manager David Bell said he wanted to make sure Moustakas was at 100 percent.
Later Tuesday afternoon, the Reds placed Moustakas on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Saturday. The nature of Moustakas' illness was not disclosed.
Moustakas was scratched from the lineup on Friday with a non-COVID illness, and he now after being placed on the IL he will be eligible to return on April 27.
Moustakas has hit .289 this season with a .957 OPS, which ranks third among qualifying Reds hitters. His most recent game was Wednesday, and Moustakas doubled in that game against the San Francisco Giants.
Without Moustakas, the Reds replaced Moustakas with infielder Kyle Farmer in the starting lineup on Tuesday. During a pregame workout, Framer and infielder Max Schrock took all of the reps at third base during infield drills.
Schrock primarily played second base at the Reds alternate site in Louisville, and he took additional reps at third base before the game Tuesday. Schrock wasn’t on the 26-man roster on Opening Day, but the left-handed hitter joined the MLB roster over the weekend and started for the Reds on Sunday.
Farmer replaced Moustakas in Tuesday’s lineup, and he has started every game since Moustakas was originally scratched from the lineup. Farmer has three hits this season, including one double, and he has already played five defensive positions.
The Reds infield received additional depth on Tuesday when the team reinstated infielder Alex Blandino from the injured list. Blandino made the 26-man roster out of spring training and has three hits in his first nine at-bats this season.