The Cincinnati Reds injured list is pretty crowded these days, particularly on the offensive side of things. Joey Votto is nursing a broken thumb, Nick Senzel is dealing with some soreness in his knee, Mike Moustakas is dealing with a heel issue, and Aristides Aquino is recovering from having his hamate bone removed. Some guys are seemingly closer to returning than others, but we’ve got some updates on all of them.
The Cincinnati Reds first baseman broke his thumb when he was hit by a pitch in the hand a three weeks ago. David Bell noted that on Tuesday he was back in Cincinnati having what I’ll call a rehab session that included him swinging and taking ground balls.
After being only available off of the bench for nearly a week, the Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the injured list on the 20th with a heel contusion. When asked if he would be eligible to return on Friday, manager David Bell said that no, he won’t be.
“By the end of the week he hopes to be out of the boot and doing some more running,” said Bell. “He’s running in the water right now. Hopefully by the end of the week he’s running outside. When we get off the road next week I think we’ll have a much better idea where he is.”
On April 16th Aristides Aquino was placed on the injured list after breaking his hamate bone. He would have surgery to have it removed (this is standard protocol for this injury). He was transferred to the 60-day injured list a week-and-a-half later. With that move it means he wouldn’t be eligible to return to the active roster until mid-June. But he is getting close to heading out to a rehab stint with the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
“He’s going to be heading to Louisville in the next week or so,” Bell said. “He’s going to need some at-bats. I’d expect him to be playing there the first couple of weeks June. We’ll see where he is at that point.”
Position players can be on a rehab assignment for 20 days before they must return to their regular assignment with the big league club or placed back on the injured list.
There wasn’t much of a detailed update on Nick Senzel. The Reds center fielder was placed on the injured list on May 21st with left knee inflammation.
“Nick’s still dealing with the knee soreness,” said Bell. “No real update or timetable there. We’re hoping to know more in the next day or two.”
The Reds announced that Senzel would undergo knee surgery on Friday and would miss an estimated 4-6 weeks.