Jesse Winker had his 12-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He started a new hit streak on Friday night, going 1-4 with an RBI. But he left in the 7th inning of the game. After the game manager David Bell noted that his back had tightened up. Bell said that he hadn’t gotten an update as of the time he was speaking with the media, but hoped Winker would be back today. Winker still leads the National League in average, rocking a .370 mark as of Saturday morning. His OPS of 1.093 is also among the best in the league, coming in behind only Ronald Acuña Jr.

Update at 11:45am

Jesse Winker is not in the Cincinnati Reds lineup today. We’ll update this with more information once David Bell has his daily pregame zoom meeting with the media and has some more information.

Updated at 1:41pm

Jesse Winker spoke with the media prior to the game today.

“I’m feeling better today. I just feel like it was precautionary. Kind of spasmed up on me. Got some treatment immediately, started feeling better as the night progressed. Woke up feeling better. Hopefully just be able to get back in there tomorrow.”

“It’s definitely not anything to worry about. It’s just a back spasm. These things happen. It just kind of tightened up on me. We’ve got a great training staff here and they got me feeling a lot better today, so I’m thankful for them. Hopefully get back out there tomorrow. Should go through a regular day today and get back to playing.”

Joey Votto on his 300th home run

The Cincinnati Reds first baseman is a character. He’s had plenty of moments off of the field that really show the kind of personality he has – from wearing the Canadian Mountie uniform during an interview on MLB Network, to him dropping some amazing quotes – well after last nights game he showed up to his zoom interview wearing Sonny Gray’s high school football jersey that was entirely too small for him despite him not wearing any sort of pads.

On Friday night Joey Votto hit his 300th career home run, and it was a big one in the game, too, as it took the Reds from behind to ahead in the game. And he absolutely crushed the ball, too. The home run went 429 feet and came off of the bat at 113 MPH. When he got to the plate Eugenio Suárez was there waiting for him with a huge smile and a big hug. Nick Castellanos followed up with a hug of his own.

“When I crossed home plate, the support I received was shocking,” Votto said after the game. “I didn’t get teary-eyed or anything, but I was certainly emotional and grateful. I feel lucky to have such good teammates.”

The largest crowd of the year in Cincinnati noted the accomplishment, and made Votto exit the dugout for a curtain call. It took him a second, but eventually he got the message that the crowd was ready to cheer loudly once again before the next at-bat was going to take place.

“That they asked for it, it’s always an honor,” he said. “They’re very infrequent. I don’t remember the last time I had a curtain call.”

Shogo Akiyama on his rehab

On Friday night the Cincinnati Reds alternate site team was in Columbus as they round out their final set of scrimmages before the minor league season officially begins on Tuesday. Shogo Akiyama played for six innings in the game and had two singles in four at-bats on the night.

“Everything’s going well,” Shogo Akiyama said. “I have no pain. I’ve been able to rack up the at-bats and get the defensive innings as well. So far, so good”

When asked about how soon he could return, the answer was promising from the Reds outfielder.

“ASAP. The trainers have a plan and they have that plan laid out for me. I’m at a point right now where if they call me, I’m ready.”

9 Responses

  1. Klugo

    Can’t wait to get Shogo back. Hopefully it’s with the rest of the lineup also intact.

  2. Bred

    Once Shogo returns and Wink has mended, the only way to relieve some of the outfield jam is to bench or send down India, play Senzel at second, Naquin split time in CF with Shogo, Nick in RF, and Wink in LF. That is the best starting 8 the Reds could field. IMO

    • Klugo

      And then that would massage India’s service time, possibly gaining more team control, for whatever it’s worth.

    • Doc

      We’ll find out if that is the only way to do it, but I doubt it. Shogo comes back and Payton goes back down. Gee! There’s an alternative thought without having to move people out of their ‘normal’ positions.

  3. Melvin

    Unfortunately Aki coming back will probably be in place of Winker and his back.

    • Indy Red Man

      I hope not? It seems like Senzel and/or Winker are always hurt. We do have alot of depth though! I would take any of those guys over what the secondary guys the Brewers or Cubs throw out there. Marisnick?

      • Melvin

        Yeah. In Winker’s case it seems he mostly gets injured while hitting. Hope he gets back soon as he’s definitely needed right now. I like having he and Casty back to back in the order. There’s always a good chance of scoring a run when they come up together. We do have a lot of depth in the outfield. It’s being tested. I wish Aquino were available to fill in and get some PT. He’s not injury prone and it’s a bad time for that to happen. We miss his RH power off the bench too.

  4. Jonathan Linn

    Vottos a HOF, right? I think so….probably if he won a second MVP in 2017 it would have cemented his case.

    • MBS

      For sure he’ll be in the Reds Hall of Fame