Moustakas (personal) will lead off and man second base in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Moustakas will check back into the Reds' spring lineup for the first time since Feb. 26 after he was away from camp for a few days following the birth of his child over the weekend. With Opening Day still three weeks away, Moustakas has plenty of time to get his normal spring load of at-bats in before he begins his first season as a member of the Reds. Assuming Eugenio Suarez's shoulder injury doesn't prove to be a long-term concern, Moustakas is expected to be a mainstay at second base throughout the season.
Moustakas left camp Friday because his wife is about to give birth, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Moustakas will presumably miss a few games to be with his wife and newborn child, but his preparation for the upcoming season shouldn't be significantly impacted. He lines up as the Reds' starting second baseman this season, though he could return to his typical position of third base if Eugenio Suarez isn't recovered from his shoulder injury by Opening Day.
If Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) has to miss the beginning of the season, Moustakas could move back over to his original third base slot to start the year, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds have said that Nick Senzel is not a candidate to shift to third base, being in the process of recovering from his own shoulder injury. If Moustakas goes to third base, either Senzel could play second base, or the Reds could go with a platoon involving the likes of Josh VanMeter, Kyle Farmer and/or Alex Blandino.
Moustakas agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with the Reds on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Reds will get the slugger's age-31 through age-34 seasons, though he hasn't shown any sign of decline so far. He's hit .259/.319/.498 over the last three seasons, averaging 33.7 homers per year over that stretch. He'll get to enjoy another hitter-friendly home park after hitting 35 homers for the Brewers last season. After starting 40 games at second base in 2019, he appears to be in line to remain at the position this season, with Eugenio Suarez occupying the hot corner.
Moustakas declined his mutual option for 2020 and will become a free agent.
This move was expected, especially after Moustakas slugged 35 homers and drove in 87 runs over 143 games last season for the Brewers. There will likely be a high demand for the veteran third baseman on the open market.
Moustakas (elbow) went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
Moustakas missed two games with the elbow injury, but he played the whole game at third base Saturday. It's the fourth time in nine years Moustakas has reached 30 doubles in a season. He's added 35 homers, 87 RBI and 80 runs scored across 142 games this year.
Moustakas (elbow) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Moustakas sat for the last two games with an elbow issue but is ready to go following a brief absence. He'll bat third and play third base Saturday.
Moustakas isn't in Friday's lineup against Colorado due to a sore right elbow, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
It was announced prior to Friday's series opener that the third baseman is nursing an elbow issue, which is why he's sitting for the second straight day. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward but will be available off the bench if needed.
Moustakas isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Colorado.
Moustakas will head to the bench for the second straight contest, which is odd considering the Brewers are currently pushing for a division title. There's been no word of an injury for the starting third baseman at this point, however. Cory Spangenberg draws the start at the hot corner and is set to bat seventh.
Moustakas is not in Thursday's lineup against the Reds.
The Brewers are also resting veterans Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain after clinching a playoff spot Wednesday. Travis Shaw will start at third base and bat sixth.
Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.
Moustakas tied the game with a two-run shot off Jack Flaherty in the fourth inning, his 27th homer of the year. He's now gone 6-for-13 with three homers in four games since returning from a wrist injury.
Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and a walk in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.
Moustakas returned to the starting nine after missing most of the last couple weeks with the wrist injury and blasted two homers, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning to break a 5-5 tie. The veteran infielder will play a pivotal role down the stretch for the Brewers, especially with Christian Yelich (kneecap) going down for the season Tuesday.
Moustakas (wrist) is starting at third base and hitting third Wednesday against the Marlins.
The Brewers offense got bad news Tuesday when it was revealed Christian Yelich (broken kneecap) would miss the rest of the season. However, Moustakas should inject some life into the lineup, while Keston Hiura (hamstring) was also activated Wednesday.
Moustakas (wrist) walked in a pinch-hit at-bat in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.
The at-bat was Moustakas' first since Sept. 2, and just his sixth since he left the Brewers' Aug. 26 game against the Cardinals after taking a grounder off his left wrist while playing third base. It was reported Tuesday that Moustakas could return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Marlins, and his at-bat Tuesday seemingly increases those chances as long as it did not lead to any additional soreness.
Moustakas (wrist) stands a "good chance" to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.
It had been previously reported that Moustakas "could" return Wednesday, but it now sounds like he's probable based on manager Craig Counsell's comments prior to Tuesday's game. Moustakas was held out of the lineup from Aug. 27-Sept. 1 and only lasted one start before renewed soreness put him back on the shelf. As of Friday, he was said to still be in "significant pain," but Moustakas has been able to play defense in recent days and will be available to pinch hit Tuesday.
Moustakas (wrist) could return to the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While he is not in Tuesday's lineup, Moustakas says he feels good enough to pinch hit in that contest. He has been available off the bench as a defender only over the past several days. Travis Shaw is starting at third base and hitting eighth.
Moustakas (wrist) will take batting practice Monday, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Moustakas has been available for defense over the last few days, but he hasn't received a plate appearance since last Monday as he deals with a bruised wrist. It's not clear exactly when he'll be back in the lineup, but he appears to be moving in the right direction.
Moustakas (wrist) entered Sunday's 8-5 win over the Cubs as a defensive replacement at third base before being pulled from the game when his turn in the batting order came up.
After making appearances at the hot corner for the final two games of the series with Chicago, Moustakas' left wrist injury doesn't look to be impacting him when he throws or fields, but the 31-year-old still hasn't been cleared to resume hitting. Until he takes batting practice without discomfort, Moustakas' return to the lineup shouldn't be viewed as imminent. Travis Shaw and Hernan Perez will draw most of the starts at third base while Moustakas' injury limits him to a bench role.
Manager Craig Counsell said Moustakas (wrist) still can't swing a bat, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Moustakas came off the bench and played an inning at third base Saturday, but he was pulled for a pinch hitter once he was scheduled to bat. Counsell said Friday that the veteran third baseman is in "significant pain" and is "not making progress," so it seems unlikely he'll return to action Sunday if the team wasn't comfortable with him hitting a day earlier. Travis Shaw and Hernan Perez should continue splitting time at the hot corner in his place.
Moustakas (hand) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Moustakas returned to the lineup Monday after missing five games, but his hand did not respond well. Manager Craig Counsell provided an update Friday, telling Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that Moustakas is "not making progress" and that he remains in "significant pain." Travis Shaw and Hernan Perez have been splitting time at third base in Moustakas' absence.
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