The Astros placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to Saturday, when McCann was officially diagnosed with a concussion after self-reporting symptoms to manager A.J. Hinch. According to MLB.com’s Christian Boutwell, the 33-year-old backstop likely sustained the injury following a foul tip to the facemask last Sunday.
McCann played through another two games last week before disclosing his symptoms to Hinch on Saturday. He’s batting .269/.365/.454 with six home runs and an .819 OPS through 126 PA this season. The Astros recalled 27-year-old catcher Juan Cedeno from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, who will occupy McCann’s roster space during his DL stint and likely see some playing time behind Evan Gattis.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.