“He’ll be ready for spring training next year,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams told reporters Thursday. “I don’t think we’ll see him playing this year.”
Winker, 24, injured the shoulder in Monday night's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. He was placed on the disabled list, retroactive Tuesday, and replaced on the roster by outfielder Mason Williams. The Reds transferred infielder Alex Blandino to the 60-day disabled list to make room.
Winker told reporters Tuesday he didn't feel "comfortable" talking about the severity of the injury. He's hitting .299/.405/.431 with seven home runs and 43 runs batted in, becoming the Reds' every day right fielder.
Phillip Ervin has been starting in right field and will likely continue to do so for the time being. Erving has appeared in 25 games this season, slashing .273/.355/.327 without a home run and seven runs batted in.
The Reds are currently 45-57 and sitting in fifth place in the NL Central, so this won't affect the standings much. Still, Winker was one positive light in a mostly negative season in Cincinnati, so this will be tough blow to handle.