The Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez has reportedly broken his thumb after being hit by a pitch in the game this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few minutes later, down in Louisville, infielder Alex Blandino was removed from the game. While nothing is official, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon who stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night to connect the dots. Alex Blandino is going to be joining the Cincinnati Reds and taking the spot on the 25-man roster vacated by Suarez when he’s officially placed on the disabled list.

Alex Blandino made it until the final day of spring training before the team decided to send him to Triple-A Louisville to begin the year. He had only played two-and-a-half games with the Bats before he is needing to be recalled to take the spot. In 40 at-bats this spring with the big league club, Blandino hit an impressive .325/.400/.450. That came along with a double, two triples, four walks and just six strikeouts.

What will be interesting is whether or not the Reds play Alex Blandino every day at third base. If he comes up to sit on the bench and play as a backup while the team slides Phil Gosselin or Cliff Pennington into the starting role at third base, the Reds fanbase may watch that be the straw the breaks the camels back, if they haven’t gotten there already. I guess we will find out how things go over the next few days here, but there is no reason that Blandino should not be in the lineup every day until Suarez returns to the lineup.

What about Nick Senzel?

Perhaps the bigger question, though, is, will Nick Senzel come up in a few days to take over at third base? The team will need to keep him in the minors for a few more days in order to secure that “extra year” of service time on the back end before he hits free agency. But, if they call him up and the idea is to send him back when Suarez is ready to return, you are burning an option. Of course, if he just plays out of his mind, you may not send him back and just play him at second base (or even shortstop – though I don’t believe the Reds are leaning this direction based on their actions).

39 Responses

  1. kevin z

    Hate this news Suarez along with Votto the main reasons watch every game. Like you mentioned Doug hope Blandino Plays not sit the bench have other 2 as bench players as is. Let Senzel get into his groove plus clock until bring him up

    • Colorado Red

      Price probably has Blandino on the bench, and starts Pennington

  2. ADa

    I hope they do play Blandino; however, listening to Price’s post game interview, I don’t think that will be the case. Gosselin and Pennington. I guess, I see both sides to this conundrum. I assume, like most businesses, there is empathy to those you have been there before. At least, for me, in my role, I have a respect to the guys that have been at my work for a long time. They aren’t the best, but they command the respect. I know baseball is different from your typical “job”, but I wonder if Price is like me – you have an forced hand because … just because. Sorry if I didn’t articulate well.

  3. Lilith

    Does anyone actually believe that Blandino is going to be getting starts at 3B? With Price as the manager?

    • Adam

      That is what I was trying to say – albeit in a long form. I really don’t blame anyone from opting for Gosselin or Pennington. I think it is a respect thing. Speaks well for veterans in the future. I would a veteran would understand playing Senzel – he is the future; most likely Blandino isn’t.

      Another option…out of the box…Duvall?

      • Colorado Red

        It is someone who repairs sick rockets.
        Lockheed has a few openings.

      • icehole3

        Red is right, performs surgery on rockets. Happens a lot. JK

    • another bob in nc

      Isn’t a rocket surgeon similar to a brain scientist?

  4. MK

    Might be nice to see Blandino leading off, Winker second and then Votto. Be a couple nice OBP guys to lead off the top of the order,

    • Kap

      Was thinking the same thing. Would be nice to also see him start at second and short occasionally. Might as well see what he can do for the club and give the fan base a glimmer of hope for the future and not just rely on senzel. The major league needs a big league face lift. I know it’s early, but man, it is really hard to be optimistic right now

  5. Kindell

    I think that there is a good chance Price will start out by sitting Blandino. I just can’t imagine that lasting very long. There is no way this lineup can afford to have Peraza, Hamilton, and Pennington in the same lineup.

    • Simon Cowell

      This times 1000. Playing your “best” defensively skilled players over offensive power is not just overrated but flat out stupid.

  6. RandyW

    It would be idiotic to not play Blandino everyday because that’s the very reason he didn’t make the team because they want him playing everyday!

  7. Michael B. Green

    I don’t think Blandino will come up to just sit there. CIN may sit him against ace-type RHSP’s (Arrieta or Nola) but he should otherwise play. I would assume that both Pennington and Gosselin are options too.

    CIN looks lost at the plate as a team right now. Hopefully they can return to form as the weather warms up.

    This year’s early nice surprises:

    Amir Garrett

    That’s about it.

    Anyone else notice how light’s out Rainey is at AAA early in the season? I assume he’ll take Quackenbush’s spot soon – not offense to the Quack.

    • MK

      Prior to last year it seemed the offense was poor throughout the organization. I understand there was a change in attitude last year as they told them not to be as concerned with their numbers in the cold weather. Think this caused them to relax a little and a couple team got off to good offensive starts. They at least seem to have reverted back this spring from top to bottom.

  8. Lawrence Turner

    The reds look over matched so far. The failure to trade Billy is glaring. Great glove, but no bat. So many strike outs, and misses is going to make for so many empty seats.

    There are some interesting prospects now, more than in past years.

    What did the reds accomplish by not trading Zack Cozart?.

    Any average starter that has command of the zone will shut the reds down for six this season. Scoring more than three runs will be a chore, and how many times will the other guys score at least six times?

    The reds are screwed.

    Lawrence Turner

    Watch the language. We don’t do that here.

    • icehole3

      Billy gets some blame, but the pitching has been horrible and I can’t watch tonight Reed’s a gas can.

  9. Lawrence Turner

    The reds look over matched so far. The failure to trade Billy is glaring. Great glove, but no bat. So many strike outs, and misses is going to make for so many empty seats.

    There are some interesting prospects now, more than in past years.

    What did the reds accomplish by not trading Zack Cozart?.

    Any average starter that has command of the zone will shut the reds down for six this season. Scoring more than three runs will be a chore, and how many times will the other guys score at least six times?

    The reds are to be smacked down often.

    Lawrence Turner

  10. Melania Trump

    By a show of hands, who all actually thought price was better than dusty? Lol

    Who in this forum would rather have dusty baker take you to the playoffs every year with the potential to go further, or watch a clueless bryan price in last place every year?

    karma is a _____!

    • Doug Gray

      This isn’t a forum. This is a website that has a comments section.

      Also, stop using political names as your username. This is the second one you’ve done. Go back to your other name you used. It was silly, but not political. Thanks.

  11. Mike from Ottawa

    Melania, did you really think Dusty would take this roster, with the injuries the reds have had. To the playoffs? If so I will have what you are drinkin’!

    • Mike from Ottawa

      Also, especially after trading Cueto……

  12. The Duke

    If Blandino comes up to sit behind journeymen like Pennington and Gosselin, then I’ll join the fire Price bandwagon.

    Could the Reds possibly shift Scooter to 3B and put Blandino (and then Senzel come June unless Blandino run away with the job) at 2B?

    • CP

      I like the idea of getting Scooter some reps at 3B if need be. Could also get free up our 4 man OF by giving Duval some looks at 3B. I don’t think that will happen considering how far removed from 3B Duval is now, but he did start out there. Not having a Duval/Schebler/Winker on the bench could really help bolster the lineup while Suarez is out.

      • The Duke

        Duvall was a bad 3B defensively back when he played there regularly, I can’t imagine it will have improved with no reps there over the past two years.

  13. CP

    Anyone have experience with a thumb fracture? is there an eta guess on how long Suarez will be out?

    • Doug Gray

      Me. I had a cast on for 8 weeks, then needed another two weeks after that to get back to normal. I broke my thumb down more in the “palm” area than the “thumb” area you would normally think about, but technically it was the thumb. I hope Suarez’ situation isn’t like mine was at all.

  14. Jim Delaney

    It is only 8 games, 8 of 162 and i predicted they would be under the vegas line of 73.5 wins but very depressing so far.. Suarez was the only guy really locked in at the plate. The starting pitching has been spotty, the middle relief atrocious, defense at best average… the only thing consistent is Bryan Price… this season will take his career record below .425.

  15. Andy Jennings

    Blandino should give us some flexibility with his ability to play
    multiple positions. I’m curious to watch what happens. It’s really to bad about Suarez I loved the way the lineup started with Winker, Suarez and Votto.

  16. Andy Jennings

    Don’t forget the bullpen will improve once they get Lorenzen and Hernandez back. Plus we have Rainey, Herget and Weiss who can be impact arms out of the bullpen.

  17. LuqueRixey

    Lineup is in for tonight. No Blandino but even better no Winker either.
    Gennett
    Peraza
    Votto
    Duvall
    Barnhart
    Ervin
    Pennington
    Reed
    Hamilton

    This may be hard to watch tonight!

    • Doug Gray

      Winker is apparently sick, so he was scratched. He was initially in the lineup and hitting leadoff.