Mike Moustakas could return to the Cincinnati Reds lineup as soon as tomorrow for the team’s doubleheader against. The second baseman is with the team in Kansas City and was going to take part in the team workout on the field at Kaufman Stadium before a decision will be made as to whether or not he would be activated.
“We expect him to be activated,” manager David Bell said on Tuesday afternoon. “We’ll have the workout today. He was able to get some good work in yesterday over at Prasco. So yeah, nothing official yet but if all goes well today and all indications are that it will, he would likely be back tomorrow.”
The Reds second baseman has only played in seven games this season. Moustakas was hitting .238/.333/.524 before being placed on the injured list. He last played on August 4th, getting two at-bats before being pulled from the game. He had gotten out to a quick start on the season, but in Detroit he initially injured his quad and tried to play through it – but went 0-9 over the next four games before the move was made to place him on the injured list.
The Reds could still be playing short-handed
Getting back Mike Moustakas will be quite beneficial to the Cincinnati Reds lineup. But when they take the field on Wednesday for their doubleheader there is a chance that they may still be playing short-handed. While much of the team was able to travel to Kansas City, some players were not due to contact tracing that determined they need further testing. It’s possible that they could be cleared to play on Wednesday, but that is not certain yet.
“We’re very hopeful, by tomorrow we’ll know who we have on our team,” said Bell on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re hopeful we’ll get most, if not everyone cleared by tomorrow. There’s still a few guys that had to go through some additional testing and protocol in order to be cleared based on the research and investigation on who needed to be looked at closely. Hopefully we’ll have that by tomorrow. Most of us are here and we’ll have a good workout today.”
Uncertain rotation beyond Wednesday
The Reds rotation was moved around a bit over the weekend after the Pirates series was postponed on Saturday and Sunday. With the game on Tuesday also postponed, but the likelihood of a doubleheader on Wednesday, the rotation has possibly been changed once again. Manager David Bell was willing to commit to Luis Castillo (Game 1) and Trevor Bauer (Game 2) for the doubleheader, but didn’t have information available as of Tuesday afternoon as to what the rotation would look like after that. He said the rest of the rotation’s information “would follow soon”.