Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker left the game on Sunday afternoon in Colorado in the middle of an at-bat after swinging and missing during the sixth inning. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer had this after the game:
Winker will be re-evaluated by the training staff Monday. Bell didn’t want to speculate on whether Winker’s injury would require a trip to the injured list.
“I really hope it’s nothing serious,” Winker said. “Obviously, I don’t want to go on the IL or whatever. I’m hoping I avoid that. Right now, I’m hoping it’s not as bad. We’ll just see tomorrow. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll wake up, it feels better and we’ll evaluate it and go from there.”
There’s a wide range of things that it could be. Last that I checked, I’m not a doctor, so I don’t want to speculate much on what the injury could be. It seems that Jesse Winker is positive in his mindset, which is a good thing. If nothing else, it does tell us that it’s not something that is clearly a big issue or he would have certainly responded a little bit differently after the game.
With that said, if it’s an oblique issue, we’ve seen how those things can be nagging. Of course, we’ve also seen how they can be things that only linger for a short period of time.
If there is one area where the Reds do have the ability to fill a spot on the roster, it’s the outfield. If Jesse Winker does need to miss time – a little bit or a lot – there are options. Right now Phillip Ervin seems to be tearing the cover off of the ball and he can fill in. The team also could play Derek Dietrich in the outfield to find him a few more at-bats. That could also allow them to play some match up baseball around who is pitching that day.
If there’s a need to put Winker onto the injured list it would seem that Josh VanMeter could come back up and help fill out the bench. He’s on the 40-man and has been up and down through the last 10 weeks of the season. VanMeter can play left field, right field, second base, and first base.