Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third inning. The ball caught him near his hand/wrist area. Initially he remained in the game. He ran the bases and scored later in the inning on an Eugenio Suárez double that extended the Reds lead to 4-1 at that point in the game. But when the team took the field for the top of the fourth, Castellanos didn’t join them and Aristides Aquino trotted out to right field for Cincinnati.

At that point it was time for Nick Castellanos to head back into the medical area and get checked out. Eventually the Reds All-Star outfielder would get an x-ray. Fortunately for Castellanos and for Cincinnati it came back negative. Later on in the 8th inning Castellanos emerged from the clubhouse and was in the dugout for the remainder of the game.

Following the loss to the Brewers, manager David Bell noted that while there was no break/fracture for Nick Castellanos.

“It is not broken,” Bell said following the game. “He’s pretty sore. A little early to tell about tomorrow or this weekend. But great news that it’s not broken. It got him in a spot that easily could have been broken. We got that news during the game, so that was great. It’s just a matter of time, tomorrow or the next couple of days until he’s back.”

“It swelled up on him pretty quickly. He came into the dugout, it would have been tough for him to swing or take another at-bat. I don’t think he would have been able to do it. So it made sense to get him out of the game and get him x-rayed.”

It sounds like for now that Nick Castellanos is going to be considered day-to-day and how he is feeling when he arrives at the ballpark could determine his availability.

38 Responses

  1. Bet on Red

    Good news indeed. I will remember his replacement did also homer as well

    • Jim Walker

      And even though it was garbage time, AA’s bomb was some kind of smooth magic to see. 55PA’s; 5HR; .984. Much like Akiyama, only the outstanding play of Castellanos, Winker and Naquin has kept him from getting more playing time.

  2. Indy Red Man


    2. an act of revenge or retaliation:

    I think I’d get Woodruff in the lower back with 98! Wait til the 5th-6th so Castillo can get pinch hit for when the time comes. How much are the Reds going to take before they retaliate? Alot of the old school unwritten rules are stupid, but eye for an eye goes back a while and its kind of important in the history of humanity.

    • Indy Red Man

      Hader’s hit 1 guy all year. Just so happened to be Geno, the day after he went upper deck on Hader. Thats an attempt at intimidation! Thats bullying! This stuff cannot be ignored or Bell needs to be fired! The league did nothing to Clint Hurdle all those years. Big daddy is not going to protect you.

    • Doug Gray

      Eye for an eye is actually really stupid.

      • Indy Red Man

        The 3rd base coach gave Norm Charlton the stop sign at 3B, but Scioscia had blocked the plate on Eric Davis and injured his ankle. Charlton wanted a piece of him and he got it! That team had Rob Dibble too. Haven’t looked at the numbers, but I doubt the 1990 Reds led the world in hbp. Nobody wants to mess with crazy people!

      • doofus

        How about a wrist for a wrist? Yelich looks ripe.

      • Hal

        Ok – but stupid is as stupid does. Time for Bell to show he has the backs of his players; buzz the tower (rib high). Enough of this crud.

        Not the time for soft and cuddly and juice boxes for all.

      • MBS

        It is really stupid, but so is being someone’s punching bag. I hate how baseball uses hit batters to intimidate, but it happens. The umps should be more aggressive about ejections for hit batters, but they usually don’t react until both sides hit each other. Therefore the only way to protect our batters is to play the game the same way.

      • KDJ

        An “eye for an eye” was not about vigilantism. It was about those who have the responsibility of enforcing the law enacting punishments commensurate with the offenses. However, when those who have that responsibility neglect it (as so often happens in MLB), people may feel compelled to take matters into their own hands. I would hope that if MLB were more responsible in addressing the intentional HBPs, we would see fewer retaliations.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      You get payback by beating the other team, as the Reds did with Hader last weekend. Hitting someone intentionally does nothing but make a bunch of middle age men sitting in front of their TV’s nod their heads in approval while they down another beer. I’ll take a win over hitting someone followed by them taking out one of our players and putting him on the IL.

      • Indy Red Man

        You’re a better man then me. If Puig was our 4th OFer instead of Shogo last night then it could be over with. Puig would’ve chased him around the infield while threatening to break his arm off and dragged 4-5 Brewers with him and message delivered!

        I’ve seen Bell go almost as nuts as Puig, AG, and me. He’s got to be taking notes. Payback might be beating the other team, but that becomes extremely difficult when they take your key guys out of the lineup. Shogo>Nick today.

        Geno beats Hader so Hader beans him the next day(only hbp of the year). Now Nick is out. At some point Mr. Rogers would get angry!

  3. Bet on Red

    Pretty sure this is huge do about nothing and he is back tomorrow

    • Indy Red Man

      Milw has hit us 4 times in the last 10 innings. All fastballs from what I could tell. That is never nothing. If they put Nick out of commission then thats game.set.match.

      There needs to be a rule put in to stop the Clint Hurdle beanball wars. You play a team in consecutive games or series and hit them a 3rd time with a heater in that scenario then your pitcher is immediately thrown out with a mandatory fine for that and every additional hbp. Its too dangerous and too expensive. The Reds are paying out $123 mil this season and it instantly becomes pointless in a Nick on IL due to hbp scenario.

      • Alan Horn

        I tend to agree that some of it may be intentional. There are entirely too many hit batsmen around the major leagues this season. If the hit batsmen tend to be your key players, then that may tell you something. There are also far too many injuries. That tells me there is something wrong with the instruction and/or strength conditioning. Pitching is just plain rough on the arm. If you are throwing 95+ miles and hour and mixing in sliders, cutters and split fingers it is even tougher.

  4. doofus

    I got a kick out of Counsell acting incredulous after his pitcher nailed Castellanos.

    • RojoB

      If I read Nick’s lips right, his response to the Counsel was “It hit my (friendly) wrist, bro! Chill the (friend) out. It hit my wrist”

      Oh that’s awesome!

      It would be a shame if this stalls his killer season

    • Alan Horn

      Counsell seems to be Larry Bowa all over again.

  5. doofus

    Why did Lark not grill Nick Krall about fortifying the roster before the deadline? (Rhetorical)

    Kudos to Krall for acknowledging on Air the personnel/scouting department folks for their work during tough times (pandemic) leading up to the draft.

    • RojoB

      It’s not the Cincinnati media way to grill anything other than JTM

      We know this by now

      Still frustrating

    • Bet on Red

      Krall is not going to announce to the world our plan… I am sure that a more nuanced conversation was set to take place but Nick getting beamed combined with the suarez double sort of short circuited the convo there.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Exactly! But hold off until the 5th inning or so! The Brewers are now looking an awful lot like The Pie Rats under Clint Hurdle!

  6. Still a Red

    Revenge can become distracting, and just lead to an endless cycle. Better to keep your cool and out perform. Hurdle pretty much was the leader of a loser franchise.

    • RojoB

      The best revenge on Hader was beating his sorry behind

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Agree with both of you. Just win games and the rest takes care of itself.

  7. RedBB

    Good news but a deep bone bruise can keep you out for weeks as well. We will see….hope for the best

  8. LDS

    I have no confidence in Bell or the rest of the Reds management. I will not be surprised if Castellanos goes on the IL.

    • Jim Walker

      And guess who is the nearest guy to a RH power hitter they might have at AAA right now to call up if NC goes IL? Looks to me like none other than Jose (Garcia) Barrero.

      In his last 10 games, JB is hitting at a .324 average. His OBP/SLG/OPS slash over the stretch is .489/.456/.945 He has hit 3 HR and reached 11 times on BB+HBP.

      And he is already on the 40 man roster on option to AAA. Just a phone call, text, or email away.

      Would they dare to do this? They don’t need another LH hitting OF (Peyton). Split Casgtellanos’ OF starts between Akiyama and Aquino, install Barrero at SS and use Farmer as originally intended, a super sub.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Because it’s Bell’s fault that Castellanos got hit? What’s your logic?

      • LDS

        No, nothing to do with Bell being responsible for Castellanos getting HBP. It has to do with previously medical reports the Reds leadership have given in press conferences.

  9. old-school

    Maybe the Brewers pitchers were champions of the sticky stuff and now cant locate as well.

  10. Mark A Verticchio

    If Castellanos misses much time, if any, this season might be down the drain. However, recall 2012 the team really picked it up when Votto got hurt. I think that was a much better team though.

    • Jim Walker

      Is Aquino the 2021 version of 2012 Todd Frazier waiting for his chance to step up? Would Bell actually play him every day over Akiyama versus platooning them to find out? That’s how I see it if Castellanos has to go IL

      • Melvin

        Poor AA. Never gets a chance to play consistently. After showing what he’s capable of you would think he would. Not with this manager. Maybe if he turned around and hit LH. No matter how bad he might hit he would probably have a better chance of playing more. LOL

  11. Bet on Red

    Lineup posted. Naquin to Right with Shogo in CF. I have a feeling today is the day he gets his first Homer. Also TS starting C batting 3rd

  12. Eddiek957

    Being probably a bit older here, I remember a manager named Earl Weaver. Earl said he would avoid retaliation because HBP could lead to injuries. Sucks for Nick hope he has a quick recovery. Loved the JTM reference