The Reds placed OF Nick Castellanos
on the 10-day IL retroactive to Tuesday, July 20
Analysis: Castellanos was hit by a pitch from Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser on Monday, July 16 and suffered a micro-fracture of his right wrist. It took a few frustrating days to diagnose it. The Reds MVP candidate was the last man off the bench in the extra-inning game against the Mets on July 19.
No word yet on how long he is expected to be out.
How important is Castellanos to the Reds?
Welp. He was hitting .329/.383/.582 with a 153 wRC+. He’d earned 3.4 WAR already per FanGraphs. As I mentioned, he’s having an MVP quality season. He’d come up huge in many key situations.
One other measure of his value: The Reds are 2-5 since his injury.
Manager David Bell said no one player will replace Castellanos. The Reds play Jesse Winker every day (even though his numbers against LHP have returned to awful). The other three OF are Shogo Akiyama (L), Tyler Naquin (L) and Aristides Aquino ®. Nick Senzel is the only other player listed as an OF on the 40-man roster page and he isn’t on that roster right now because he’s still on the 60-day IL. So the Reds have no other OF to turn to.
Beyond the numbers, the Reds need every positive influence they can find on the field. The bullpen situation is discouraging. The team has no reliable 5th starter. The front office has been AWOL. It was easy to watch the body language sag at the game on Wednesday as Jeff Hoffman gave up five early runs. Castellanos is a big, missing motivational plus.
The Reds recalled IF Alejo Lopez
from AAA-Louisville to fill Castellanos’ roster spot. Lopez takes the position place spot for Castellanos. Lopez had five singles in 17 plate appearances when he was up before. No walks. No extra-base hits.
The Reds have been leveled by injuries this year, hit in the worst places as the worst times.