The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Nick Castellanos from the 10-day injured list. To create a spot on the 26-man roster the team optioned Max Schrock to Triple-A Louisville.
For Nick Castellanos he’s returning from what was called a microfracture in his right wrist after being hit by a pitch against Milwaukee on July 16th. He made a pinch hitting appearance as the last available player against the Mets on July 19th, and then went on the injured list after his wrist didn’t rebound as hoped. That will make it 17 days since he last played. Castellanos should provide plenty of help for the offense as long as he’s close to the guy he was prior to the injury. When he hit the injured list he was posting a .329/.383/.582 line. The lineup has been posted and Castellanos is right back where he left – hitting third and playing right field.
The biggest problem for the Reds of late, and for most of the year has been the bullpen. But if you score more runs, which Nick Castellanos should help the offense do, does give the bullpen a little more room to work with.
For Max Schrock, he’ll head back to Triple-A. He had a big game against the New York Mets last week when he went 5-5 with a home run. But in his time up he played in 10 games and went 6-15, meaning that in the other nine games he played he was 1-10. He did draw three walks in those other nine games, though.
Mike Moustakas is close to returning
In this afternoons press conference with the media, manager David Bell said that infielder Mike Moustakas could rejoin the team in a day or two. He’s played in four games for the Triple-A Louisville Bats on his current rehab assignment and is hitting .357/.400/.643 with a double, home run, walk, and an RBI. What does seem apparent, though, is that his rehab stint is over. Bell noted that he may arrive back in Cincinnati today, but when he is activated still isn’t determined.
Lucas Sims could return for the weekend
Reliever Lucas Sims is close to returning as well. He’s set to pitch tonight for Louisville and it will be his second outing in as many days. Pitching back-to-back days is usually the final test for a reliever on rehab to make sure they recover properly before being activated. So far he’s made four appearances with the Bats and posted a 4.50 ERA, giving up two solo home runs last night in an inning of work.
Nick Senzel will remain in Louisville for more games
Recovering from having knee surgery, Nick Senzel has only played in three games with Louisville so far. He’s 1-6 with a walk and he also reached on a catchers interference call. He’s going to stick around in Triple-A for a bit longer as he works his way back.