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Red rightfielder Nick Castellanos revealed in an Instagram Live appearance with Jomboy Media’s Chris Rose tonight that a CT scan earlier today revealed a microfracture in his ailing right wrist (video link). Castellanos, who was hit by a pitch to the wrist last Friday, said he tried to play through the pain for a few games, but that he should “take a few days to see where I stand.” He added that he is currently unable to swing a bat.
It is important to note that Castellanos offered no other prospects than resting for a few days and re-evaluating. There’s no point in speculating how much time he will miss after that initial down period, but even an absence of a few days is a heavy blow to the Reds given the current state of their roster and the context of the NL Central.
Cincinnati is already without batter Mike Moustakas and trailing three of his best relievers: Tejay Antone, Michael Lorenzen and Luke Sims. The Reds also dropped five of their first six games to come out of the All-Star break, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the leading Brewers.
The Reds are still alive and kicking after the season, sitting behind a Wild Card six times and six and a half games behind the Brewers in the division. But they’re also one of many teams whose deadline trajectory can be determined by their play over the next week, adding to the importance of even a brief absence of their best hitter.
Castellanos was an absolute monster this season, hitting .329/.383/.582 with 18 homeruns, 29 doubles and a triple in 368 at bats. He is vital to the team’s chances in the coming days, and if the club eventually turned around and wanted to sell some veterans, he himself would have been a sought after player, given his ability at the end of the season. to cancel his contract. . Castellanos is in the second season of a $64 million four-year contract with Cincinnati, but could forgo the final two years and $34 million of that deal and return to the open market this winter.
However long Castellanos lies, the Reds can turn to Aristides Aquino and Shogo Akiyama to help cover in the correct field. They also send the injured Nick Senzel this week on a minor league rehab assignment so he could be an option to help out soon. Manager David Bell told reporters today (Twitter link via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer) that Senzel will see both in midfield and shortstop time during his rehab period.
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