The Cincinnati Reds have sent outfielder Jesse Winker on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Louisville. Winker will begin his assignment tonight with the Bats. Louisville is in Memphis where they are beginning a series against the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate.
In past years the Triple-A season would be over by now and this rehab opportunity wouldn’t be available. But with the world we are still living in today, the minor league season didn’t begin until May this year and for Triple-A specifically, the season extends into the first week of October.
It’s been nearly a month since Jesse Winker last played. The left-handed hitter went 0-2 against Philadelphia on August 15th before exiting the game with what would later be determined as an intercostal strain. He was hitting .307/.395/.560 at the time of the injury and the Reds offense has sorely missed his bat ever since.
The Reds are currently 0.5 games up on both the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot. With how the team has been struggling to score runs since Winker has been out, getting him back into the lineup as soon as possible would be enormous for the organization as they attempt to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013. The last time prior to that the Reds made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons was 1975 and 1976.
Here is what the current playoff race looks like for the second wild card spot, including odds from Fangraphs:
The Reds are one up in the win column, but have just as many losses as both the Padres and Cardinals. On paper the Reds have the 2nd easiest remaining schedule, with the Phillies being ahead of them. Both teams remaining schedule is has a winning percentage below .465.
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