The Cincinnati Reds lost the game on Thursday night to the Chicago Cubs, falling to 19-25 on the season. If that weren’t bad enough for a team with high expectations who now has just 16 games remaining and is 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, the team also saw three different players exit the game with injuries.
Outfielder Jesse Winker, who has been the best hitter on the team and one of the best hitters in the National League this year, exited the game with back tightness. No update beyond that was provided following the game.
Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch in the 4th inning. The ball struck his foot, and after initially remaining in the game, he didn’t take the field for the bottom of the 5th inning and was replaced by Freddy Galvis.
“Moustakas, you saw, got hit by a pitch on the top of his foot – it just kept kind of swelling and getting worse,” said Bell. “We’ll have to wait and see how he is tomorrow.”
Reliever Tyler Thornburg was looking strong on the night until he had to exit the game with an elbow injury. He had struck out three batters in an inning of work before the injury. After the game, Bell noted that they didn’t have too many details on it (yet).
Wade Miley suffers a set back
Thursday didn’t start out with great news on the injury front, either. Left-handed pitcher Wade Miley, who is on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury suffered in his start on August 27th when he allowed just one hit over 4.0 innings in Milwaukee. He threw at Prasco Park with the hopes that things would go well and he could potentially join the Reds in St. Louis.
“He took a step back today. Just more sore than he anticipated,” said Bell of Miley. “Might even just get it checked out again just to double check. We are still very hopeful to get him back here soon, definitely before the end of the year. But as far as this weekend, it’s not looking like that’s going to happen.”
Nick Senzel is getting closer
It’s been nearly a month since Nick Senzel last played in a game. On August 14th he played in a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, but just as the game ended he was pulled away from the team and he’s been on the unspecified injured list ever since. On September 1st he began to work out over at Prasco Park, preparing to get back with the team at the big league level.
“He’s feeling good. He’s getting stronger. I think he’s getting pretty close,” said Bell about the outfielder. But the Reds manager wasn’t quite ready to put a day on the table for a return for Senzel just yet.
“I really don’t want to put a day on it yet, for his sake and ours. As much as we want to get him back, he needs to be fully ready to go. I would say it’s a matter of days, I just don’t want to say a date. Not tomorrow (Friday).”
Rotation in St. Louis
After losing the series to the Chicago Cubs, the Reds take a trip to St. Louis to play the Cardinals starting tonight. Luis Castillo will start the first game in St. Louis for the Cincinnati Reds. On Saturday they will send Tejay Antone to the mound, and on Sunday it will be Tyler Mahle. Notably missing here is Anthony DeSclafani, who last pitched on September 5th against Pittsburgh.