The Cincinnati Reds received a major blow on Tuesday night, as outfielder Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured wrist in the team’s 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Byrd Fractures Wrist, Timetable for Return Unknown

Tuesday, June 2

Jim Day of Fox Sports Ohio has details of Byrd’s injury:    

Byrd has had his ups and downs this year, hitting just .212 but displaying solid power for the Reds with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 47 games. Only Todd Frazier (16) has more home runs, and only Frazier (31) and Joey Votto (26) have more RBI. 

For a team that has started a disappointing 22-28 on the season and sits fourth in the Central Division, the loss of Byrd for the foreseeable future is significant. If the Reds aren’t able to turn their season around before the All-Star break, it’s very possible the team may start dealing some of its most valuable assets, including ace pitcher Johnny Cueto. 

A healthy Byrd might have helped to turn things around for the Reds and prevented a yard sale of their top players. With him facing a potentially lengthy absence with a fractured wrist, however, the Reds seem one step closer to moving some of their prized players and retooling for the future.


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