The Cincinnati Reds announced that second baseman Scooter Gennett should avoid going on the injured list after exiting Wednesday night’s game with left groin tightness. They also noted that Gennett could possibly return on Saturday. He was given the day off on Thursday, and with the off day today for the Reds 150th Anniversary Celebration, that would give him two full days of rest.
The Cleveland Indians come to town for a 2-game series on Saturday. They will be running out two pretty good pitchers in Shane Bieber, who was just named to the All-Star team, and Trevor Bauer. Both of them, however, are right-handed pitchers. That should play into the hands of Scooter Gennett, who has handled right-handed pitchers much better throughout his career.
While the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians are playing a weekend series in Cincinnati, the Indians home field will be getting ready for the All-Star weekend. The marquee event of the weekend will be The Futures Game, which will take place on Sunday evening.
Cincinnati Reds top prospect Taylor Trammell will be the only representative at the game from the organization. The outfielder will be making his second straight trip to The Futures Game. Last season he took home the MVP Award for Team USA after hitting a home run and a triple.
The game will be available to watch on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7pm on Sunday night. The game has a few changes this year, though. First, Team USA vs. Team World is no more. It will now be National League vs American League. The other change, and it’s a big one, is that the game will only be a 7-inning contest.
One benefit of the changes this year is that the prospects will be in front of more of a national audience. In the past the Futures Game was on in the afternoon up against an entire slate of Major League games. Now the game will be on it’s own and fans don’t have to choose between watching this event or their favorite team play a game that matters. But shortening the game stinks as it gives players fewer chances to not only get action, but some to even get in the game.