The news comes shortly after Major League Baseball released an Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting update, showing Cozart atop National League shortstops with a .320/.404/.966 slash line to boot. Since his DL stint is retroactive to Sunday, Cozart will be eligible to return to play on June 28 against the Brewers.
Winker — the Reds’ No. 2 prospect and the No. 57 prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com — is hitting .317/.399/.411 in 64 games at Triple-A Louisville this season. The 23-year-old outfielder briefly debuted in the Majors earlier this season, doubling in two at-bats across two games.
MIL@CIN: Winker knocks RBI double for first MLB hit
Jesse Winker makes his first hit in the Majors a big one, producing a two-run double to push the Reds in front 6-4 in the bottom of the 6th
Hernandez ranks as the Reds’ No. 21 prospect and has posted a 2.18 ERA in 24 relief appearances with Louisville this year.
Arroyo may not be back as soon as Cozart. The right-hander’s shoulder has plagued him all season, including in Sunday’s loss — Cincinnati’s ninth straight — which saw him yield five runs and seven hits to the Dodgers over three innings.
The 40-year-old Arroyo has said publicly that his 2017 campaign was an experiment in longevity. On Sunday, he speculated that experiment may be over.
Arroyo told media after the game that his shoulder may be “checkmate” on his playing career, and said further discussions with manager Bryan Price would follow.
For now, those conversations have resulted in sending Arroyo to the 10-day DL. He’s struggled mightily in 14 starts for Cincinnati this year, going 3-6 with a 7.35 ERA that ranks worst in the Majors among 83 qualified starting pitchers. He also leads all pitchers in earned runs (58) and home runs (23) allowed.
Prior to 2017, Arroyo had not pitched in 2 1/2 years after being sidelined by Tommy John surgery on his elbow and then a shoulder procedure. Cincinnati signed him to a Minor League deal in Spring Training for his second stint as a Red, figuring Arroyo could serve as a veteran presence and a stopgap for injured starter Homer Bailey (and, later, Brandon Finnegan).
Megan Zahneis is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.