Winker (shoulder) said Friday at Redsfest that he's thrilled with the progress that he's made this offseason at the Reds' spring training facility in Arizona, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "My rehab is pretty much over at this point," Winker said. "It's been over for a couple of weeks now. All I'm really doing is shoulder work to maintain. I've started my training, so everything has gone great. Everything has gone smooth. It's gone exactly how everybody involved has wanted it to go, so I'm very excited about that."
This is great news, but pump the brakes just a little bit - Winker hasn't yet swung a bat and won't be cleared to do so until Jan. 7. The Reds have cleared the runway for Winker to play every day this season, though the news that they said good-bye to Billy Hamilton doesn't mean that Winker will play center field. He doesn't really have the range for that. But eventually they will probably have an outfield that's starting both he and Nick Senzel.
Winker is on target to be ready for Opening Day 2019, even though he won't be cleared to begin hitting again until Jan. 1. "I just think Arizona is going to be the right spot for me," Winker said on Friday. "I'll be working with our guys there. I just want to take this offseason to get my shoulder healthy. As much as I like being around my family and being in Orlando, Florida, I think this is my most important offseason yet. It's getting my shoulder right and going into next season fully healthy. It's something I look forward to being, completely healthy."
Winker underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Winker was declared out for the season last week and was moved to the 60-day disabled list Monday, but still is expected to be ready for spring training. Mason Williams and Phillip Ervin will continue to garner starts in the outfield with Scott Schebler (shoulder) still on the disabled list and Adam Duvall traded to the Braves.
Winker (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The move is merely a procedural one, with Winker already having been ruled out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Winker is expected to be ready to go by spring training.
Winker will have surgery on his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
President of baseball operations Dick Williams said Winker will be ready for spring training next year, but that his 2018 season is over. He suffered a right shoulder subluxation earlier this week. Winker is not a good defender in the outfield, but his recent production at the plate had earned him a spot in the heart of the Reds' order. He finishes the season with a .299/.405/.431 slash line, seven home runs and more walks (49) than strikeouts (46) in 334 plate appearances. His absence will open up more consistent playing time for Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler (shoulder), who is expected back soon.
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