Following a promising start to the season, the Cincinnati Reds have dropped off the face of the earth. The Reds were swept for the second time in a week by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and they’re currently in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. The team made a couple of roster moves on Monday, as they placed right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo and shorstop Zack Cozart on the 10-day disabled list. Righty Ariel Hernandez and outfielder Jesse Winker were recalled from the minors.
Arroyo’s miserable start to the season continued on Sunday when he lasted just three innings and conceded five runs on seven hits. The Reds say a strained throwing shoulder is the reason for Arroyo’s trip to the DL. On the year, the 40-year-old veteran is 3-6 with a hefty 7.35 ERA. The home run he allowed in the third inning Sunday to Logan Forsythe was the 23rd long ball Arroyo has yielded this season, which is the most in the majors. Arroyo signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati in February.
Cozart has missed several games lately with a right quad injury, and the Reds decided it was ultimately enough to send him to the DL, retroactive to Sunday. The 31-year-old shortstop is in the midst of a career season, as he’s currently hitting .320 with nine home runs and 33 RBI. Major League Baseball announced Monday that Cozart currently leads National League shortstops in All-Star voting, about 300,000 votes ahead of the Dodgers’ Corey Seager.
Hernandez has spent the majority of the season in Double-A, though he did pitch in one game out of the Reds’ bullpen in late April. In 24 relief appearances for Double-A Pensacola, Hernandez has posted an ERA of 2.18. He pitched 2.2 perfect innings in relief for the Reds against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 24, which was his big league debut.
Winker, 23, appeared in two games with the Reds in mid-April. In 259 plate appearances with Triple-A Louisville this season, the left-handed hitter is slashing .317/.398/.407 with a pair of homers and 34 RBI.
MLB.com tabbed Winker as the Reds’ No. 2 prospect prior to the season. Hernandez was ranked 21st. The Reds (29-39) will begin a three-game set with the Rays in Tampa Bay Monday night.