Tejay Antone, Lucas Sims, Moustakas

When Tejay Antone walked off the field after playing catch with a trainer before Tuesday's game, he said it was the best he's felt since he went on the 10-day injured list. 

"I’m not ready to absolutely rip it yet, but it’s getting better every single day," Antone said. "I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m making progress. I can’t complain. I’m going to stay on track, communicate with the staff, let them know exactly how I’m feeling and go from there.”

Reds pitcher Tejay Antone is sidelined with a right forearm strain

Antone is one of several injured Cincinnati Reds players who could return in early August. Here are the latest updates:

RHP Antone – Sidelined with a right forearm strain, he began throwing again last Friday. He was shut down from throwing for a few weeks after receiving a PRP injection and he could throw his first bullpen session next week. 

"It’s coming along good," Antone said. "The first few days were like 'what is this?’ Every day has gotten better so far. First day (of throwing) was not painful but some soreness and stuff. The second day was a little less and the third day was a little less than that. Today was the best day so far. I want to keep making strides like that.

"I’m not rushing it this time. I want to be 100%. I don’t want to be back on the IL again this year after I come off it this time.”

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tejay Antone (70) throws a pitch in the eighth inning of the MLB baseball game between Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Antone went on the injured list twice in June. 

"I keep going back and thinking about that," he said. "I really don’t think I rushed it. I feel I was ready. My velo was there and that’s a big factor for me.”

CF Nick Senzel, RHP Lucas Sims, IF Alex Blandino – All three players are expected to play at Triple-A Louisville next week on a rehab assignment. Senzel has been taking batting practice and fielding at multiple positions, including shortstop. 

Sims (sprained right elbow) has been throwing throughout the last week. Blandino, who broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch in early June, has ramped up his baseball activities over the past couple of weeks. 

Jun 5, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama (4) celebrates with relief pitcher Lucas Sims (39) after making a diving catch to end the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

3B Mike Moustakas – He's been participating in fielding drills throughout the last two days and making strides in his recovery from a heel injury. He went on a rehab assignment last month, but he reaggravated his injury in his first game. 

"Moose is progressing a lot quicker now which is great news," Reds manager David Bell said. "He’s going to start a field progression in the next couple days."

After pitching an inning in his season debut, Michael Lorenzen was moved to the outfield and was injured running the bases.

RHP Michael Lorenzen  It appears Lorenzen dodged the type of hamstring strain that would sideline him long-term. He played catch Tuesday about 60 feet away. 

"Michael is still early stages of his injury," Bell said, "but very encouraging so far. He can throw fine, can’t fully push off yet to throw a bullpen. That could actually happen in the next week or 10 days. Really good news there."

RHP Michael Feliz – He halted his rehab assignment during the All-Star break, recovering from a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment Saturday and throw at least a couple of outings before potentially rejoining the Reds' bullpen. 

New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard watches his team play during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

ROSTER MOVE: With a taxed bullpen from two extra-inning games in the past three days, the Reds called up right-hander Ashton Goudeau before Tuesday's game and optioned Vladimir Gutierrez to Triple-A Louisville. 

Gutierrez started Monday's game, so he's unavailable for at least four days. The Reds are already operating with a six-man rotation, which includes Jeff Hoffman, so he may not miss a start. 

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