In what has felt like that longest 72 hours, Cincinnati Reds fans finally know what’s going on with starting center fielder Nick Senzel and second baseman Mike Moustakas after both were “feeling ill” on Sunday and haven’t been seen since. That came a day after Matt Davidson tested positive for COVID-19 and was put on the injured list as a result. Teams are unable to talk about the players health with regards to COVID-19 unless the players give them permission. When asked, Manager David Bell has had no real comments other than they hope to get some news soon. But following their loss on Tuesday night, outfielder Nick Castellanos spilled the beans to the media, noting that the two players tested negative, but can’t return to play until Thursday due to league protocols.
This team could use something right now. As Castellanos said above, Senzel and Moustakas are big parts of the lineup. They sit at 1-4 on the season and have lost four games in a row since beating the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day. The offense has been inconsistent at best, though it’s been the bullpen that’s run into problems often during the losing streak. In a shortened season, starting out 1-4 is about the worst case scenario from a record standpoint that you could have imagined.
Maybe things will turn around on Wednesday with Sonny Gray returning to the mound for his second start of the season. Guys at the front of rotations are called stoppers for a reason. But as we’ve seen, they can’t stop it all on their own – the offense has to do their job, too. Hopefully both Gray and the offense can get the job done and turn this ship around for the Reds. There are still plenty of games left, but each one becomes more important as the season gets shorter.
Update: July 28th
C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic covered this morning how the Reds, Nick Senzel, and Mike Moustakas are petitioning Major League Baseball to get the two players back on the field after neither has tested positive for COVID-19 and both have multiple MLB negative tests since first reporting symptoms that could have been related to the virus, but neither has had those symptoms for several days. Their appeal process was set to be heard by a panel of league and union reps on Wednesday morning.
Update: July 28, 2:10pm ET
Nick Senzel appears to be back. We’re going to take it that his hearing went well.
— Nick Senzel (@LilSenzii) July 29, 2020