Red field right Nick Castellanos revealed tonight in an Instagram Live appearance with Chris Rose of Jomboy Media that a CT scan today revealed a microfracture in his diseased right wrist (video link). Castellanos, who was struck by a tone at the pole last Friday, said he has been trying to play through the pain for a few games but will need to “take a couple of days and see where they are.” He added that he is not able to swing a club at the moment.
It is important to note that Castellanos did not provide any perspective other than taking a couple of days to rest and reevaluate. There is no point in speculating how much time they will miss beyond that initial drop period, but even an absence of a few days is a blow to the Reds, given the current state of their roster and the context of Central NL. .
Cincinnati is already without a slugger Mike Moustakas and has dropped three of its main relievers: Tejay Antone, Michael Lorenzen and Lucas Sims. The Reds have also dropped five of their first six games coming out of the All-Star break, including a three-game sweep in the hands of the division’s top Brewers.
The Reds are still very much alive in the postseason chase, putting six behind a Wild Card spot and six and a half games behind the Brewers in the division. But they are also one of the many teams whose expiration trajectory could be determined by their game next week, which magnifies the importance of even a brief absence from their best batsman.
Castellanos has been an absolute monster this season, beating .329 / .383 / .582 with 18 home runs, 29 doubles and a triple in 368 plate appearances. It’s vital to the team’s chances in the days to come, and if the club were to ultimately pivot and look to sell some veterans, he would have himself been a player on demand, given his ability to opt out of his contracted at the end of the season. Castellanos is in the second season of a four-year, $ 64 million contract with Cincinnati, but may give up the last two years and $ 34 million for that deal and return to the open market this winter.
Even if Castellanos is down, the Reds can come back Aristide of Aquinas and Shogo Akiyama to help cover in right field. They also sent wounds Nick Senzel on a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week, then it could be an option to help out a little bit. Manager David Bell told reporters today (Twitter link via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer) that Senzel will see time in downtown and at the shortstop during his rehabilitation stint.