It seems like I continue writing these injury based articles for the Cincinnati Reds, but once again here I am discussing an injured player. For the second time in three days, it looks like the Reds could be losing an outfielder for a period of time.
Hamilton took 3 swings, could not grip bat anymore. Will get looked at by Kremchek again later here. DL is a possibility. More later #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 6, 2014
It doesn’t take an expert to realize that yet another injury to a starter is damning to a team already decimated by injuries. As I stated last night, the fact that the Reds are one game under .500 and still within striking distance is a testament to the team. There aren’t many rosters that could afford to lose so many integral parts of their team, face a brutal schedule and still remain in the hunt for a division title.
The loss of Billy Hamilton, like Jay Bruce, hurts the Reds in multiple ways. While Hamilton struggled at times to get on base, he was the biggest threat in Major League Baseball any time he reached base. Defensively, Hamilton has the ability to cover more ground than anyone else in the game — a gift that aided into the injury that could be landing him on the disabled list.
For the time being, the Reds will rely on Skip Schumaker to fill the void defensively and at the top of the lineup. While Schumaker’s numbers in his first start Sunday were not overly impressive, they do not do justice to his at bats. Schumaker was hitting the ball harder than anyone else during the game; unfortunately he just happened to hit it right at defenders.
Hamilton’s injury is just the latest question mark to surround this Cincinnati team. With Bruce and Hamilton out, it remains to be seen how the Reds will fill the voids. Donald Lutz seems like a likely answer to one of the open spots, and bringing Roger Bernadina back after being designated for assignment could be another possibility.
The barrage of injuries continues to pose threats to Bryan Price and the Reds, but as always, only time will tell if they are able to weather yet another storm.