The Cincinnati Reds got some bad news on Monday with regards to outfielder Shogo Akiyama. Manager David Bell noted in his pre-game zoom meeting with the media today that Akiyama would miss at least a few weeks.
“He’s going to miss at least a few weeks, just what we thought – hamstring strain, whatever you want to call it – hamstring injury will keep him out at least a few weeks,” Bell said.
The organization may not be too surprised by that, though, and neither was Shogo Akiyama.
“I knew it was going to take time from the beginning, so I wasn’t really surprised,” Akiyama said on Monday. “But I am disappointed to say the least.”
For Cincinnati this likely clears up some early season decisions on how to work the lineup. If everyone is healthy then the Reds likely are trying to mix-and-match some group of three outfielders on a given day between Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel, Nick Castellanos, and Shogo Akiyama to give them the best opportunity. With Akiyama now likely to miss the start of the season, the decision to pencil in Winker in left, Senzel in center, and Castellanos in right. Until it’s time for Akiyama to return to the active roster, that’s likely what we’re going to see on a regular basis.
This may also open up a little bit of playing time for outfielder Aristides Aquino. Depending on how his option/not having an option situation plays out, he may have been in the minors to begin the year, or possibly relegated to being a frequently used pinch hitter in the big leagues. Now it’s possible that he could get more at-bats – perhaps starting against tough lefties for Jesse Winker in left field.
Wade Miley is a go for Tuesday
After leaving his last appearance with an injury, left-handed pitcher Wade Miley is back on schedule and is listed as the probable starter for the Cincinnati Reds game on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.