Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hasn’t played since last Wednesday due to a bout of “extreme fatigue“. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports that GM John Mozeliak confirmed Carpenter will rejoin the team in Cleveland when they open up a three-game series on Tuesday.
Langosch also mentions that the Cardinals will be more mindful of Carpenter’s schedule, as he shows up seven hours prior to game time to engage in a strenuous workout routine. He had appeared in all 27 games before he was shelved on May 7.
Carpenter got off to a terrific start, batting .333/.403/.620 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored. The Cardinals will be quite happy to have him back in the lineup.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.