Reds put Suarez, Schebler on disabled list

Both players out after being hit by pitches

A bleak beginning to the 2018 season for the Cincinnati Reds took a dark turn Sunday in Pittsburgh when Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch on the right hand and suffered a broken thumb.

It was the kind of news that made a 2-6 start look less important. Losing their starting third baseman, who signed a seven-year contract extension in March, for any length of time will hurt a team struggling to score. After recording one hit in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates, the Reds ranked 28th out of 30 teams in baseball in runs scored (25).

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On Monday, before the start of a three-game series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Reds put Suarez on the 10-day disabled list and promoted third baseman Alex Blandino from Triple-A Louisville.

Blandino, 25, was the Reds’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft. He’s a career .261 hitter in the minor leagues and was hitless in eight at-bats in three games for Louisville. When he plays for the Reds, it will be his big-league debut.

Blandino was not in the lineup Monday. The start went to Cliff Pennington, who has played third base 47 times in 960 big-league appearances.

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The Reds made two other moves, placing outfielder Scott Schebler on the 10-day disabled list with a right ulnar nerve contusion and recalling right-handed pitcher Zack Weiss.

Schebler has not played since being hit by a pitch in the third game of the season April 1, and the roster move including him was retroactive to Friday. Weiss, who will also make his big-league debut when he pitches, was on the Opening Day roster but was sent to Louisville on March 31 when the Reds signed veteran pitcher Yovani Gallardo.


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