The Cincinnati Reds may own one of the worst records in baseball right now (26-48), but they do rank No. 17 when it comes to averages runs per game (4.35). Their offense is improving and could soon get outfielder Tyler Naquin back from injury as he starts a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Thursday.
Tyler Naquin Injury Update
Naquin hasn't played any baseball since suffering a left quad strain with the Reds on May 31. Seeing no game action for a full month suggests this could be a lengthy assignment. The good news is that things are trending in the right direction for the 31-year-old to return prior to the All-Star break.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Naquin take on an everyday role for the Louisville Bats at either designated hitter or center field. The seventh-year pro was slashing .255/.315/.460 with 22 runs scored, 5 home runs and 22 RBI across 39 games (150 plate appearances) before going down.
Once he is healthy enough to return, Naquin can reprise his role as a starting outfielder on a Reds team that is playing with nothing to lose. His return will likely shift Albert Amora back to a bench role.
Keep in mind Naquin is on the final year of his current contract, which makes the second half of the season crucial for his chances of cashing in during free agency. The Reds remain long shots to win the World Series with odds set at +500000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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