- Edwin Encarnacion wrist - he has missed most of the season.
- Wily Taveras - hamstring
- Jarry Hairston, Jr - flu
- Brandon Phillips played last night, but with a fractured thumb
- 1B Joey Votto. His lost is felt the most. Votto has missed most of the last three weeks with the flu and then an inner ear infection. A couple of nights ago he was placed on the 15-day DL because of stress related issues.
Considering all of the above I'm amazed the Reds won last night. Their recent collapse in Milwaukee was a mammoth disappointment, but the team has shown character in the face of all thesee injuries.
I've enjoyed the play of Adam Rosales and Ryan Hanigan, and Ramon Hernandez has been great at the plate, behind it, and at 1B in place of Votto. Phillips has recovered from a horible April, has played banged up and played well. After seeing the Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs - supposedly the three best teams in the NL Central - I have no doubt that the Reds can be competitive with them, but the pitching staff must be more consistent and Joey Votto has to be in the line-up every day. The replacements have stepped up, but how long will that last?