When Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker was asked about the high number of Reds players who could soon return after injuries, Winker grinned.
“That’s great,” said Winker. “Everyone looks excited. It’s fun to play baseball in the city of Cincinnati. “
After the All-Star break, the Reds received an immediate boost when rescuer Michael Lorenzen struck off the injured list. The starting mugs Sonny Gray and Jeff Hoffman could also be removed from the injured list in the course of the next week.
Here’s a look at where the Reds players are on the injured list coming off the All-Star hiatus.
Jeff Hoffmann: Reds starter Jeff Hoffman has been out with a right shoulder impact since May, but he was due to make his final rehab start at the Dayton Dragons on Friday night. If all goes well, Hoffman would start against the New York Mets on Wednesday.
With Hoffman on the way back, Reds manager David Bell said the Reds could use a six-man rotation for a short time.
“Chances are we (Hoffman) are adding for a couple of reasons,” Bell said. “Some of our starters with (Tyler) Mahle pitching tonight, Luis (Castillo) pitching tomorrow, they get an extra day or two but not an extra four days. There were only so many people we could do that with, where we could give them a longer break. “
“It would probably be temporary to go to a six-man rotation for this homestand and make a couple of starts that give the guys an extra day or two as opposed to the big long break all at once.”
Sonny Gray: Gray (chest strain) is scheduled to start in the series finale on Sunday, and he will not have missed a start during his time in the IL.
“For him, it’s a great sign that he is still feeling great and ready to leave on Sunday,” said Bell. “This time we hope to have him back for the rest of the season.”
Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims: The Reds have been without their two most prolific aides since June, and Bell said they will be out at least until August.
Sims is out with a sprained elbow and Antone is out with overuse of his right forearm.
“I don’t see them playing with our team in the Major Leagues at the end of July where they are now,” said Bell. “This is not a setback. I know I mentioned July a couple of times. I think that was more of my hoping or wishful thinking than anything I was told for sure. “
Nick Senzel: Senzel recently turned a corner when he returned from a knee injury in May. Senzel has started baseball activities but is unlikely to return until the end of the month.
“He’s still going out and adding activity,” said Bell. “He takes fly balls, takes floor balls, keeps doing more … With only two weeks left in July, I would expect all these guys in August.”
WARREN OUT: The Reds put emergency rescuer Art Warren on the 10-day injured list with a left angled strain on Thursday, and Bell said he expected Warren to be out for between three and six weeks.
“You have to make sure you heal completely so he doesn’t hurt you again, it will take some time,” said Bell. “Art did a great job for our bullpen. He jumped in, used his opportunities and became a big part of our bullpen. “
ROSTER MOVEMENT: Since Lorenzen was on the 60-day injured list for the whole season, he had not occupied a 40-man position in the squad. Since Lorenzen returned on Friday, the Reds had to create a 40-man squad place in a corresponding train.
Before the game on Friday, the Reds infielder moved Alex Blandino to the 60-day IL.