Cincinnati Reds all-star outfielder Nick Castellanos has been out of the team's lineup for the last few days after his wrist was hit by a pitch during an 11-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last Friday. The good news was that no bones were broken, however, he was still expected to miss a few games. Fortunately for Reds fans, the 29-year-old could be back within the next few days.
According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, Reds manager David Bell announced on Monday that, while he's not ready to be in the starting lineup yet, Castellanos is trending in the right direction. The veteran outfielder is still undergoing treatment for his wrist, however, there's a chance that he could come off of the bench for Monday's contest against the New York Mets.
Nick Castellanos Injury Update
Castellanos joined the Reds via free agency back in January 2020 when he signed a four-year, $64 million contract. While his first season in Cincinnati was a bit underwhelming, he's been one of the club's best players this season. Through 85 games so far, he's recorded 18 home runs and 59 RBI while leading the National League with a .330 batting average and being tied for the MLB lead in doubles with 29.
Although the Reds have averaged 4.78 runs per game this season (T-10th), their current three-game losing streak has seen them average just 3.33, which ranks 22nd in the league during that span. Getting Castellanos back in the lineup — especially if he can pick up right from where he left off — could help them get back on the right track. After all, it might not be a coincidence that Cincinnati has yet to win since he suffered his wrist injury.
Even if Castellanos doesn't play, the Reds will enter Monday's matchup against the Mets as the -118 favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, New York will be the +100 underdog.
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