Reds OF Nick Castellanos scratched with back tightness

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas (9) and right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) celebrate after a Moustakas home run in the third inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, May 2, 2021. The Reds led 6-5 after five innings. Chicago Cubs At Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup against the visiting Chicago White Sox due to back tightness, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Castellanos went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts before leaving Tuesday’s 9-0 loss to the White Sox in the sixth inning with the same issue. Tyler Naquin will take over in right field and bat seventh Wednesday.

Castellanos, 29, signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Reds on Jan. 27, 2020. In 26 games this season, he is hitting .324 and leads Cincinnati in home runs (nine) and RBIs (24).

In 974 career games with the Detroit Tigers (2013-19), the Chicago Cubs (2019) and the Reds, Castellanos has hit .275 with 143 home runs and 514 RBIs.

The Reds (13-15), who entered play Wednesday tied for third place in the NL Central, have a scheduled day off on Thursday. Cincinnati visits Cleveland for a three-game series that begins on Friday.

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