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Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos hit by pitch, leaves game

Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) drives in 2 runs with a base hit in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) drives in 2 runs with a base hit in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos, who began the day in first place in the National League in hitting, left Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Brewers shortly after he was hit by a pitch in the third inning.

Castellanos, who was playing his first game since his first All-Star appearance in his nine-year career, was hit by a 94 mph sinker in the right forearm/wrist area by Brewers starter Adrian Houser. Castellanos stayed in the game and later scored one of the Reds’ two runs in the inning, before being replaced in right field by Aristides Aquino to start the fourth inning.

In his second season with Cincinnati, Castellanos has 18 home runs and 59 RBIs. Including going 0-for-1 on Friday, he is hitting .330 with a .384 on-base mark and is slugging .583.

The Reds began the night in second place to the Brewers in the NL Central, four games out of first.

–Field Level Media