The reds fell to the right Nick Castellanos revealed tonight in an appearance on Instagram Live with Chris Rose of Jomboy Media that a CT scan earlier today revealed a microfracture on his diseased right wrist (video link). Castellanos, who was hit by a pitch to the wrist last Friday, said he tried to get over the pain for a few games but will need to “take a couple of days to see where I am.” He added that right now he can’t hit.
It is important to note that Castellanos did not provide any kind of perspective beyond taking a couple of days to rest and reassess. There is no point in speculating how much time will be lost beyond that initial period of inactivity, but even an absence of a few days is a serious blow to the Reds, given the current state of their roster and the context of the NL Central. .
Cincinnati is already without a slugger Mike moustakas and has lost three of its main relievers: Tejay Antone, Michael Lorenzen other Lucas sims. The Reds have also lost five of their first six games after the All-Star break, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the division-leading Brewers.
The Reds are still very much alive in pursuit of the postseason, sitting six behind a Wild Card spot and six and a half games behind the Brewers in the division. But they are also one of many teams whose deadline trajectory could be determined by their play over the next week, magnifying the importance of even a brief absence of their best hitter.
Castellanos has been an absolute monster this season, hitting .329 / .383 / .582 with 18 home runs, 29 doubles and a triple in 368 plate appearances. He’s vital to the team’s chances in the days ahead, and if the club were to finally pivot and look to sell out some veterans, he would have been a highly sought after player himself, given his ability to cancel his contract for the season. final. Castellanos is in the second season of a four-year, $ 64 million deal with Cincinnati, but he can give up the last two years and $ 34 million in that deal and return to the open market this winter.
Regardless of how long Castellanos lasts, the Reds can resort to Aristides Aquino other Shogo akiyama to help cover in right field. They also send the wounded Nick senzel on a minor league rehab assignment this week, so he could be an option to help out in no time. Manager David Bell told reporters today (Twitter link via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer) that Senzel will see time in both center field and shortstop during his rehab stint.