Both Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas have won their appeal to return to the field for the Cincinnati Reds. Earlier today they made their case to a panel to be re-instated after having multiple negative tests for COVID-19 after having symptoms, but no positive tests, over the weekend. Since then they have tested negative multiple times and are showing no symptoms but had not yet been approved to return to the field.
Just after 2pm ET, Nick Senzel tweeted “Back”, indicating that he had been cleared to return and had won his appeal. At 2:40pm ET, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported that the Reds appeals were granted for both Senzel and Mike Moustakas and that both of them are back in the lineup tonight as the team prepares to on the Chicago Cubs, and hopefully end a 4-game losing streak.
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While Nick Senzel was never placed on the injured list, Mike Moustakas was. With Moustakas being activated for the game tonight, the Reds optioned catcher Tyler Stephenson back to the Prasco Park roster.
It was last night that we found out that the two players had never tested positive, but still weren’t able to play. Outfielder Nick Castellanos expressed his frustration with the “(expletive) protocols” that had the two of them out of the lineup during the losing streak that began after a win over the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day.
Live Batting Practice this afternoon
Jeremy Rauch of Fox 19 noted that this afternoon at 4pm ET the Cincinnati Reds would be streaming batting practice over at Reds.com. So if you’re looking for some extra baseball-related activities to watch today, here’s your ticket.
Tell a friend.
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) July 29, 2020