Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas did not join his teammates at Great American Ball Park for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Tigers, and has been placed on the injured list for undisclosed medical reasons. Per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, manager David Bell said Moustakas woke up “not feeling well.”
Josh VanMeter drew the start in place of Moustakas and the club recalled catcher Tyler Stephenson from the alternative workout site. VanMeter figures to draw starts at second base for as long as Moustakas is sidelined.
Moustakas, 31, signed with the Reds on a four-year, $64 million contract finalized last December. He was off to a good start, hitting a homer and knocking in four runs on Opening Day, and adding another single in four at-bats on Saturday.
Teammate Matt Davidson tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Nick Senzel was also held out of Sunday’s lineup for undisclosed reasons. Bell said of Moustakas, “Hopefully, we’re just being overly cautious. That’s what we have to do, and that’s part of being a great teammate at this point, is if there is any doubt, we have to stay home.”
A player does not need to test positive for COVID-19 to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list. There is also no minimum duration for being on the COVID-19 injured list. A player must test negative for the virus twice at least 24 hours apart before being allowed to return.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.