Akiyama is slowly but surely getting into the swing of things here in 2021. He played a solid game on Tuesday in the intrasquad and is expected to play again on Thursday. Shogo has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him off the field thus far. (C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)
Akiyama could be on the brink of making his 2021 debut. However, due to the depth of the Reds outfield, there is a good chance that he will have to fight for at bats. Akiyama posted a .245/.357/.297 line in 2020.