The Cincinnati Reds sprung a surprise on everyone this afternoon when they announced that Mike Moustakas would begin a rehab assignment tonight with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Moustakas will be joining outfielder Nick Senzel and reliever Lucas Sims in Iowa where the Bats are taking on the Cubs.
We knew that Senzel was going to begin his rehab assignment today as he recovers from surgery on his left knee. Manager David Bell talked about it on Thursday morning prior to the final game against the Chicago Cubs. But there was no word about Mike Moustakas getting out to join the team on a rehab assignment today as he works his way back from a heel injury that has been plaguing him since mid-May.
“He’s passing all of the tests. I expect him to be playing games in Triple-A,” said Bell of Moustakas yesterday. “I don’t know how many it will be – at least a couple. I would say after their off day on Monday if everything keeps moving forward, that would be the plan. I don’t think it would happen before that, but for sure right after their off day.”
Well, it turns out that the rehab assignment is going to begin a few days earlier than expected. Louisville has three games left in Iowa before their off day on Monday.
This will be the second rehab stint that Mike Moustakas has been sent out on. On June 15th he headed to Triple-A to play for the Bats, and he went 1-3 in his first game. But he was pulled from the game after his third at-bat and the next day he came back to Cincinnati as his heel issue seemed to not respond well to playing in that game.
Reds lose Josh Osich, Edgar Garcia
When the Reds made their trades earlier this week they needed to clear spots on the 40-man roster. Two of the moves they made were to designate relievers Josh Osich and Edgar Garcia for assignment. Garcia has been claimed by the Minnesota Twins and Osich refused his outright assignment to Triple-A and has elected to instead become a free agent.