Sims started a rehab stint with Louisville on July 27 and has thrown three scoreless innings. He has been out with a right elbow injury since June 24. Lorenzen pitched two scoreless innings in the Mets series after returning from a right hamstring injury. Castellanos suffered a microfracture in his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the first game after the All-Star break and went on the injured list July 22.
The Reds were off Monday after winning two of three games over the weekend on the road against the New York Mets (55-49). They completed a 5-2 road trip that also included a series victory against the Chicago Cubs (51-56). They start a two-game series against the Minnesota Twins (44-62) at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday and then play four games at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-65).
The Twins have the third-worst record in the American League. The Pirates have the second-worst record in the National League.
This is an important stretch for the Reds, who still have 13 games remaining against the Pirates and likely will need to dominate the series to make up ground against the Brewers, who lead the division by seven games, or the San Diego Padres (61-47), who have a four-game advantage in the race for the second wild card.
With back-to-back winning months (15-12 in June and 16-10 in July), the Reds have already accomplished something they hadn’t done since 2018 when they finished 15-11 in June and 13-11 in July. That team had slipped to 48-61 by Aug. 2, however. This team has its best record on Aug. 2 since 2013 (60-50).
The question now is whether the Reds can keep it up and make up ground in the playoff race.
“As we get deeper into this, we all know what we’re playing for even as we stay focused on today,” manager David Bell said Sunday. “We know we have a long way to go, but each and every guy on this team should feel really good and proud of just the way we’ve gone about it all year. I thought this road trip was really impressive.”