The Cincinnati Reds have been playing without Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel since Sunday. Both players were scratched from the lineup that day because they “were not feeling well,” according to manager David Bell.



a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas throws to first for an out in the fourth inning vs. the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday, July 24, 2020.


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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas throws to first for an out in the fourth inning vs. the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday, July 24, 2020.

That raised suspicion as to whether they had failed a test for COVID-19.

Teammate Nick Castellanos cleared up this one after Tuesday’s 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Asked how strongly his belief in this team was, Castellanos said:

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“How strong is it? Extremely strong. I mean, I’d still put up our starting staff against anybody. If you look at our lineup, unfortunately with some of these (blanking) protocols, you know, Moose and Senzel both have negative tests, but they are unable to play until Thursday. That’s obviously been a big letdown because both of them are big parts of our lineup.”

All three players are clients of super-agent Scott Boras.

Moustakas is on the injured list, Senzel is not. Moustakas can come off at any time. Under the protocols, a player who’s failed a test must have two negative tests before returning. The Reds have not said anything about whether Moustakas and Senzel have been tested. The team can not announce if a player had a failed test unless the player allows the team to do so.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Nick Castellanos says Cincinnati Reds teammates Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel tested negative for COVID-19

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