The Cincinnati Reds have called up outfielder TJ Friedl from Triple-A Louisville today to take the place on the roster of Tyler Naquin, who was placed on the 10-day injured list.
TJ Friedl was added to the taxi squad maybe an hour before the move was made to call him up. Last night saw Tyler Naquin start, but he was removed from the game following his at-bat in the 4th inning in which he grounded out. After he reached the bag he appeared to pull up a little bit and when the bottom of the inning started he was replaced in right field by Aristides Aquino.
Naquin had played in a majority of the games for the Reds this season. In his 39 games played he had hit .255/.315/.460 with 17 extra-base hits, 22 runs scored, 22 runs batted in, and he added three steals.
For TJ Friedl, he’s back in the big leagues. He had played in parts of 20 games for the Reds earlier this season, but he struggled at the plate. The left-handed hitter posted a .179/.237/.254 line with 14 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances this season. He hadn’t been hitting much in his time in Triple-A, either. In 22 games with Louisville this season he’s struggled, hitting just .188/.341/.348 with 15 walks and 18 strikeouts. In a weird statistical oddity, Friedl has four stolen bases with the Reds but none with Louisville despite being on base far more frequently with the Bats.