Snake-bitten Reds lose starting pitcher in 1st inning

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — The bad juju continues for the Reds.

Already with eight players on the disabled list and coming off a late loss to the Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball, they lost their starting pitcher seven pitches into the game Monday and nearly had a player injured by a foul ball while standing in the on-deck circle.

"I've been through a season or two where we've had a lot of injuries but to have back-to-back seasons like that, and to see the current status of our roster and the significance of the injuries, I don't know how to put words to it," manager Bryan Price said. "It's exasperating for sure and in some cases, heartbreaking."

Jon Moscot, making his third start of the season, dislocated his left shoulder on an odd, one-man rundown with Anthony Gose. Gose singled and stole second in the first inning. With one out, Miguel Cabrera hit a shot back up the middle that Moscot snared.

Gose was caught between second and third. Moscot ran at him, then chased him back toward second. He had to dive at him to make the tag and fell hard on his shoulder.

"I didn't know what to expect," Gose said. "I was just trying to get back. Unfortunately, I feel bad for the guy. What is this, his fourth start or something? I feel bad for him.

Hopefully he gets better. Good thing is it's his glove arm. That's a positive. Maybe he can only miss a start or something."

Not likely.

In the fifth inning, former Tiger Eugenio Suarez hit a check-swing foul ball that drilled on-deck hitter Tucker Barnhart square in the chest. He would be OK, mercifully, but it was one of the few injury bullets the Reds have dodged this season.

Among the Reds on DL are starters Zack Cozart, Marlon Byrd and Devin Mesoraco, plus starting pitcher Homer Bailey.

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