Early this year, we submitted a manuscript to a journal and heard the revision suggestions back very quickly from two referees. Both the two referees suggest some revision while remaining generally positive about our idea. Last month, we resubmitted our revised manuscript and the editor sent it to the two original referees.
As suggested in the submission system, one of the referees sent the report back yesterday while the other referee has not yet. Then the editor sent our revised manuscript to a third referee today, which is a bit out of my understanding: I know sometimes the editors may send a revised manuscript to a new referee to hear some new voice about a manuscript. However, in my case, the editor didn't seek a new referee right after they received our revised manuscript, but until they heard back from an original referee about the revised manuscript.
I am trying to decipher the underlying meaning of this action: The editor may hear something terrible from the newly-arrived report yesterday so they wanna make use of another referee to see if the bad words make sense. Or the editor just forgot to send the revised manuscript to a new referee, and they remembered to do so just now.
Could anyone also provide some thoughts about the editor's action here?