Mike Moustakas is back in Cincinnati after he felt soreness in his injured foot while out on his rehab assignment. After going 1-3 he was removed from the game in Omaha and returned to Cincinnati to be checked out by the team doctors.
“He was examined,” said manager David Bell. “He was taken off of his rehab assignment. The way it was explained to me was that he just re-aggravated it. There was a scenario, not necessarily good or bad, that it would have been torn. That was not the case, it was just re-aggravated. He’s going to go back into a boot and be re-evaluated in a week.”
The good news it that nothing is torn. The bad news is that it seems like the Cincinnati Reds are going to be without Mike Moustakas for a while longer. He won’t be examined again for another week, which suggests at best it’s going to be another few weeks before he’s back on the field.
Tejay Antone could be back Sunday or Tuesday
Tejay Antone is expected to throw a bullpen session later today. He’s with the team in San Diego.
“After that, if that goes extremely well, I think there will be a discussion on do we then activate him,” manager David Bell said. “It wouldn’t be the day after, it would be two days from then – which would be Sunday at the earliest. The other choice would be to give him one more bullpen session, which would be on Sunday and then active on Tuesday.”
Despite last night’s loss in San Diego, the bullpen has pitched very well in the absence of Antone. But getting back one of the most valuable relievers in the game and having him healthy and pitching like he has since he made his debut in 2020 would be a huge thing for the Reds.
Michael Lorenzen is still about a month away
The Reds bullpen could clearly use help, even if they have been pitching better lately. And Michael Lorenzen hopes to be a part of that. But it sounds like there’s going to be some time until he’s ready to get back on the mound in the big leagues.
“I do think immediately following the All-Star break is when we would see him pitching back here with us,” said David Bell on Thursday afternoon. “There’s a progression in place to make that happen. I don’t know when a rehab assigning and pitching in minor league games would begin.