Moose resting up, eyes return in LA

April 24th, 2021

Reds third baseman provided an update Saturday as to why he was suddenly removed from the lineup an hour before Tuesday's game and placed on the injured list with a viral infection.

“Yeah, I just had a viral infection,” Moustakas said. “I wasn't feeling good, man. Without getting into too much detail, I was a little dizzy at times, but nothing that I couldn't get over. I usually played through everything I've had and I just wasn't able to play through this. If I'm good to go, I'll be good to go.”

Before being placed on the IL, Moustakas was hitting .289 on the season with 11 hits, five RBIs and two home runs. On Friday, Moustakas began to run and play catch on the field. He hopes he can begin to hit in the cage and get a taste of live pitching over the next few days.

Despite Manager David Bell having some reservations around Moustakas’ health, the third baseman remained in the lineup until the illness became too hard to fight through. After being pulled out of the lineup, Moustakas was eager to get back while still knowing the most effective treatment would be a few days away from the field.

“I was pretty sick. I guess the cure for me was just time, getting some sleep, getting some rest, not trying to push myself to get back. I think that's why I feel a lot better,” said Moustakas. “The IL gave me some time to be able to relax and not put so much pressure on myself and be able to get better and I felt a lot better over these last couple of days for sure.”

Moustakas will be eligible to return Tuesday while the team is in Los Angeles.