On Friday when the Cincinnati Reds put out their lineup Jesse Winker was in left field and batting second. But about 35 minutes before first pitch he was scratched from the lineup card and replaced. We would find out later that night that he had lower back tightness.
Prior to the game on Saturday there was no word yet on how Winker was doing with manager David Bell noting that he was going to be examined before the game. After the game there was an update and it was a good one.
“I think he’s going to be back, either in the lineup tomorrow or the next day,” said manager David Bell. “He had an exam today and it was good news. I don’t know for sure if he’ll start. That decision hasn’t been made for tomorrow, but I imagine he’ll at least be available as a pinch hitter and be back in the lineup in the next two days.”
The Phillies will be handing the ball to right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola on Sunday. He’s found success against both lefties and righties this year, but left-handed hitters have had a bit more success against him. For Jesse Winker, he’s found almost all of his success at the plate this season against right-handed pitching. After a day in which the Reds were nearly no-hit it would seem to be a great fit to get Winker back in the lineup if he’s feeling well enough to make it happen.
The Reds made a trade!
While the trade deadline has come and gone that doesn’t mean that trades can’t happen. Teams are allowed to trade minor league players as long as they are not on the 40-man roster. Earlier today the Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Mallex Smith to the Toronto Blue Jays. He had been in Triple-A Louisville this season and recently returned from the injured list. The return from the Blue Jays has not been specified.