Oof, what a list in that title, huh? The Cincinnati Reds are an injured team right now, but things seem to be moving in the right direction on this day as manager David Bell provided some updates on a handful of players who are attempting to make their way back from various injuries.

On Tejay Antone

“Tejay will likely start throwing bullpens next week,” said Bell. “That’s a good sign. He’s getting close.”

It’s been nearly a month since Tejay Antone last pitched. He threw against Atlanta on June 24th and had been on the injured list since. That outing, and the one before it came just after he had missed the previous two weeks on the injured list. Antone, holding a 1.87 ERA, had been about the only reliable reliever on the team in the first half of the season.

On Nick Senzel

“Senzel will also be playing next week in Triple-A,” manager David Bell said on Tuesday.

It’s been just over two months since we last saw Nick Senzel on the field. His last game was on May 17th against San Francisco. Shortly after that he hit the injured list and wound up requiring knee surgery. In the last week or so he’s been on the field at Great American Ball Park during pre-game activities working on taking ground balls around the infield. It seems that there is a plan in place to perhaps try and work him into spots on the infield as well as the outfield when he returns.

On Alex Blandino

“(Will go on a) Rehab assignment next week,” Bell said. “So he will be playing games.”

Everyone’s favorite knuckleballer hasn’t played since June 4th when he was hit by a pitch and broke his hand. He, like Senzel, has been on the field in pre-game activities the last week or so taking ground balls.

On Lucas Sims

“Sims will have an outing in Triple-A next week,” said David Bell.

It hasn’t quite been a month since we last saw Lucas Sims on the mound. On June 22nd he allowed three runs without recording an out in a win against Minnesota before hitting the injured list with a sprained pitching elbow. Prior to that outing against the Twins, Sims had allowed just one run in his previous 11 games while striking out 18 batters in 12.0 innings.

On Michael Feliz

“Starting Saturday he will get a couple more outings (on rehab),” Bell said prior to Tuesday’s game. “If everything checks out he’s an option to rejoin us.”

This will be the second rehab stint for Michael Feliz. He joined the Louisville Bats earlier this month, but was brought back after he didn’t quite feel like he was recovering right after an outing.

On Mike Moustakas

“Moose is progressing a lot quicker now, which is great news,” Bell said. “He’s going to start a field progression in the next couple of days.”

It’s been two months and a week since Mike Moustakas injured his foot in Colorado. He played twice after that, coming on as a pinch hitter, before being placed on the injured list. In mid-June he headed to Louisville to start a rehab assignment, but after one game – he went 1-3 in that game and played third base – he came back to Cincinnati after not feeling right.

23 Responses

  1. LDS

    I saw Bell’s comments about using Senzel at 3rd & SS once he returns. I would think SS would be ill advised immediately following knee surgery.

  2. doofus

    Senzel should play 3B upon his return. Find a taker for Suarez.

    • Alan Horn

      Agree. If he gets injured again call up Lopez. Moose is another option.

  3. CFD3000

    I’m excited for the Reds to get back several of these guys. Antone and Sims (and Lorenzen) will help the bullpen. Feliz I’m ambivalent about. Senzel and Moustakas would both be an upgrade for Suarez at 3rd, though I’ll believe Suarez to the bench if / when that happens. And both will improve the team. I won’t be surprised if Blandino replaces Farmer, at least for a while. He’s versatile and Farmer seems to be battling through some nagging issues and could use a break. But even if Farmer stays I’d prefer Blandino (or Schrock) to Freeman. There are real opportunities here to upgrade the roster. I’m confident that will happen for the bullpen, hoping that will happen for the infield and offense as well.

  4. RedBB

    Feels like 2-3 weeks too late. We really need those guys now.

    • Votto4life

      RedBB my thoughts exactly. I’m excited for the guys to be back but really not sure it matters now.

      Would have made a big difference in Early July. It will be fun to watch them play, but barn door/horses at this point.

      I do hope I’m wrong.

      • greenmtred

        They’ve still got time. They aren’t that far behind in the division or the wild card, and the Brewers have weaknesses. The Reds are certainly better than I expected, and probably better than ownership/management expected, too (hence the lackluster off-season). If they can hang in while guys return from injuries, there’s a lot of reason for hope.

    • Redsvol

      Agree, 2-3 weeks too late. I think we could have hung on if Warren and Lorenzen hadn’t gotten hurt, but now it would take a Brewers or Padres collapse. Possible, but not likely. Still like the team and still think the future is bright!

  5. Cyrus

    I know this sounds crazy but I would shop Winker, Mahle, Gray and Castellanos. This team is not going anywhere in the postseason, even if they get there. My gut is that we could get quite a haul for Winker or Castellanos and definite value for those two starters. By selling, you may also get Votto to accept a trade to give him a chance at some hardware before he steps away from the game. That would free up money going forward. The stars are not going to line up for this current roster. Too many injury-prone or aging guys.

    • PTBNL

      Yup, you are correct sir, that sounds crazy

      • Alan Horn

        Agree that is crazy. We aren’t that far away(especially next season). Find out now if Castellanous will sign. If not, trade him now as we will get a much higher return than the comp pick.

    • Votto4life

      It doesn’t sound crazy to me. I would probably hang on to Winker and Mahle as they are still cheap but I agree about Nick and Sonny Gray.

      We already know what is going to happen with Castellanos The Reds will not trade him and then will let him walk at the end of the year. It’s like watching a car wreck in slow motion and not being able to do anything about it.

    • m2

      This would be heresy to anyone who savors mediocrity. The record today screams middle of the pack, but yeah don’t think outside the box and fantasy stats rule.

  6. Pat Conrad

    Is it impossible to send Eugenio Suarez and Emir Garrett to Louisville?

    • Bet on Red

      AG is out of options so yes. I am not sure of Suarez options remaining, but he has enough service time to block a option so yes.

    • greenmtred

      I’m not sure why you would: Garrett, lately, has been one of the Reds’ best relievers. If you are “tired of his act,” think awhile about why you are.

  7. Mike in Ottawa

    Could someone at least tell Amir that his act is tired and not nearly as effective when 1 out of 5 outings is quality. I love Geno bit the HR will have him out of the game in five years….

    • Doc

      Last 16 Garrett outings he has 2.43 ERA and 2 of the 3 earned runs given up in that stretch were flukes. That is a lot better pitching than “1 out of 5 outings is quality”. But, never let facts get in the way of an accepted theory.

  8. Tim

    Not sure where everyone goes when this team is back to 100%. I would think Senzel to center and Moustakas to 3rd. That would leave Suarez at SS (no way he is benched, traded or sent to AAA as I have seen some suggested.) One idea would be to say he has an injury…give him 10 days to clear his head and then see where we are at that point. When Antone and Sims get back, along with Lorenzen the latest additions to the bull pen….this team could go on a definite roll as our starters continue to get better. Anything can happen when you real off a 19 game win streak! Go Reds!