The Cincinnati Reds announced that outfielder Shogo Akiyama will be out of spring training camp in Goodyear as he tends to a personal matter. They also noted that the matter is not COVID-19 related. No further details were provided
Mike Moustakas on injuries, last season, and what was learned
In the 2020 season, mostly, the Cincinnati Reds struggled offensively. Some players had bad seasons. Others struggled to be consistent in the two months of the year. There have been countless words written about it and why the team didn’t live up to the expectations. For Mike Moustakas, it was a bit of a mixed bag. He posted a 108 OPS+, which is better than the league average. It also came with a .230 average, which was the worst average he’s had since 2014, and the second lowest of his career.
Moustakas only played in 44 games during the season. He missed a few games early in the season due to what essentially came down to multiple negative COVID-19 tests after he didn’t feel well. He would then later miss some games with a quad injury, though he had played through the injury for a few days before winding up on the injured list. That certainly had an effect on his production.
“It definitely factored into it,” said Moustakas. “I’m never going to be one to sit here and make excuses for my performance on the field. If I’m on the field that means in my mind I’m 100% ready to go. Last year I didn’t play as well as I wanted to play. I think offensively that goes top to bottom we didn’t do as well as we wanted to do offensively. But, again, 60 games, short season – who knows what could have happened in the other 102 games? With that being said, we learned a lot. We’re going to use what we learned from those failures we had last year and we’re going to apply them to this year, we’re going to get better, and we’re going to move forward.”
Michael Lorenzen throwing some baseballs
Spring training is just different this year. Non-games are closed off entirely to the fans. Many media members aren’t traveling to Arizona or Florida to cover things in-person, and some that are are doing so in more limited fashions than in the past. All of that means we are getting a little less coverage than we’re used to. The Reds, though, are providing some video clips from the ground out in Goodyear. One of them provided to us here at Redleg Nation was of Michael Lorenzen on the mound from yesterday.
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Jonathan India taking some batting practice
The Reds also provided us with some video of Jonathan India in the cage taking some swings yesterday.