After being made a late scratch with lower back tightness on Friday, Jesse Winker worried Cincinnati Reds fans by remaining sidelined on Saturday as well.
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief on Sunday though, as Winker will re-join the lineup for an afternoon showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sitting 8.0 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, the Reds are fighting for a Wild Card spot.
Whoever doesn't win the NL West between the San Francisco Giants (75-42) and Los Angeles Dodgers (71-46) will likely lock up the top spot, leaving the Reds competing for the second. That makes games against the Phillies (tied for first in the NL East at 61-56) especially crucial.
Winker is in the midst of a career year, slashing .309/.397/.562 through 108 games. He leads all Reds hitters in WAR (3.6), and the team couldn't afford to have him out for long.
Even with Winker back, MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook have the Reds as +120 underdogs on Sunday afternoon.
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