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The Reds activated OF Shogo Akiyama (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list.
Akiyama missed the first month of the season due to his strained hamstring. Cincinnati's outfield is already a bit crowded, which means Akiyama probably won't get consistent playing time.
Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama should return to the team this week. Akiyama also homered in a scrimmage on Monday.
In Akiyama's first season in the majors (2020), he hit zero home runs with seven steals and a .245 batting average. He's likely better suited for OBP leagues with a .357 OBP in 2020 and a career .376 OBP in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. We'll see where Akiyama factors in upon his return with Castellanos, Winker, and their platoon situation at the other outfield spot.
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.
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.
Shogo Akiyama was seen taking fly balls at Great American Ball Park on Friday.
Akiyama continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain. Reds manager David Bell has said the team hopes he's playing in Louisville by the end of the month and with the Reds in early May.
Outfielder Shogo Akiyama could start playing in rehab games at the alternate site within 7-10 days. He's been out with a hamstring injury.
Shogo Akiyama has yet to play in 2021 but should factor into the Reds outfield situation. In 2020, Akiyama slash .245/.357/.297. It's never good to see a hitter with a slugging percentage lower than their OBP. However, he's a solid player in OBP leagues.