Following his double in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was removed by coach Bryan Price due to an apparent injury. The Reds are reporting Frazier left the game due to leg tightness.
We previously detailed in great length the importance of Frazier to the Reds’ success, so it goes without saying that if forced to miss an extended period of time, Frazier’s absence would have an immediate and lasting effect on the offense.
In just over two full years in the major leagues, Frazier has yet to experience a detailed history of injury proneness. The relatively healthy New Jersey native has never been placed on the disabled list as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
Replacing Todd Frazier in Friday’s game in Atlanta was second-year player Neftali Soto. In the minor leagues, Soto moved around often in search of a position to call “home.” Originally signed as an outfielder, Soto attempted time as a first baseman, made his way behind the plate as a catcher and now is labeled a third baseman for the Reds.
If this injury causes Frazier to miss time in the starting lineup, look for Soto to share time with Ramon Santiago while manning the hot corner. While Santiago has proven to be a more than capable defender, much has been left to be desired as a hitter. On the other hand, Soto’s minor-league numbers show his ability to produce offensively with uncertainty still surrounding his defensive capabilities at third base.
Hopefully all of these scenarios are pointless and the “Toddfather” is back in the lineup and manning third base for the Reds tomorrow.