It sounds like the Cincinnati Reds may be without All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker a bit longer than initially expected.
“He’s getting a lot of treatment and doing strengthening exercises and things like that – no baseball (activities),” said manager David Bell in his Thursday pre-game meeting with the press. “It might be a little longer than I thought, which doesn’t surprise me given that that area of the body is so important. Any sort of oblique/intercostal/core stabilizing muscle, usually it takes a little longer than you want it to because you don’t always necessarily feel it doing everything in every day activities, but it’s so important in a swing as one of the more violent actions in the game, might have to take a little bit longer. At this point I would not expect him back after ten days like I had originally mentioned. How much longer, I don’t know. At this point maybe around that time he’ll start doing baseball activities – have him a week or two later. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
That timeline is basically 2-3 weeks from now. With a maybe mixed in there.
In the mean time it will likely be a continuation of platoons and match ups involving Tyler Naquin, Aristides Aquino, and Shogo Akiyama in center and left for the Reds. Nick Castellanos, of course, will continue to man right on a daily basis for the team.
Tejay Antone could return next week
Last night saw Tejay Antone throw a shutout inning in Louisville for the Bats. It was his 5th appearance on rehab in Triple-A. He’s allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six batters. He’s going to pitch again tonight, and it sounds like he’ll likely have one outing after that before a potential return.
“He’ll pitch again today (in Louisville on rehab),” said Bell prior to the game on Thursday afternoon. “It’ll be nice to get the back-to-back in, and then most likely one more. With the off day Monday, if everything goes well – still kind of on track for the beginning of next week.”