Last night was the first game on a rehab assignment for Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas. He joined the Triple-A Louisville Bats in Omaha with the hopes that he could get a few at-bats before joining the Reds in San Diego on their road trip at some point later in the week. In his first at-bat he grounded out to first base, but he hit the ball hard. The next time to the plate he popped up to the catcher in foul territory. It was his third trip to the plate where he picked up his first hit as he lined a single into left-center. After the inning was over he was removed from the game. That’s not unheard of – plenty of rehab guys get three at-bats in their first game of rehab and are removed from the game. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for Moustakas, who has returned to Cincinnati after having some soreness in his injured foot.
“Moose actually went back to Cincinnati,” said Reds manager David Bell on Wednesday prior to the Brewers game. “He had a little bit of soreness in his foot last night. He’s going to get examined again and kind of see what we’re dealing with later today. I don’t really have anymore information on that but I think it becomes a long shot for him to join us in San Diego now.”
While Cincinnati has been playing well, going 12-3 in their last 15 games, getting back Mike Moustakas certainly improves the team. But it seems that it’s going to be a bit longer before we can see him back on the field. How much longer is likely going to be something we’ll find out in the next day or two after he’s examined by the team doctors later today.
Tejay Antone could return this weekend
Cincinnati’s bullpen has been a problem most of the season. Tejay Antone has been the lone bright spot this year among the Reds relievers, but he’s been on the injured list since June 11th. His placement on the injured list was retroactive to June 8th, though, making him eligible to return tomorrow in San Diego, but it may be a few days after that.
“I’m still hopeful he comes back while we’re in San Diego,” manager David Bell said on Wednesday of Antone. “The way his days line up for his bullpens, I don’t think it’ll be Friday. Depending on how many bullpens he needs it could be Saturday or even Monday. At this point we want to get him back, but we want to make sure we make the most of this time off, so if we have to throw an extra bullpen we’ll do it.”