The Cincinnati Reds announced that outfielder Tyler Naquin will begin a rehab assignment today in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. The Bats are currently on the road, playing a series against the Toledo Mud Hens.

It’s been almost exactly one month since Tyler Naquin last played. He went 0-2 on May 31st in the first game in Boston before exiting the game with a quad injury. The initial timeline for his return was 4-6 weeks, and that seems to be in line with what took place.

In the 2022 season Tyler Naquin has played in 39 games for the Reds. The left-handed hitter has hit .255/.315/.460 on the year with 11 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, 22 RBI, 10 walks, and 37 strikeouts in 150 plate appearances.

The good news for the Reds didn’t stop there, though. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that catcher Tyler Stephenson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Louisville later this week.

On Wednesday Stephenson posted a video of himself taking batting practice at Great American Ball Park.

Stephenson took a foul ball off of his non-glove hand on June 9th and broke his thumb. The catcher had been on a tear at the plate when the injury took place, riding a 4-game multi-hit streak that included two doubles and a home run.

In the absence of Stephenson, Aramis Garcia has taken over the #1 catcher duties and has hit .282/.333/.308 with a double and a walk in 17 games. He’s been backed up by Chris Okey, who hit .167 in seven games, and Mike Papierski, who went 1-2 last night in his only action so far with the big league club. Adding Stephenson back to the lineup would go a long way to helping stabilize the offense and provide a little more power than they’ve been getting in the time he’s been on the injured list.

26 Responses

  1. Luke J

    I’ll be in Toledo tomorrow for the Bats game. I’m really hoping Stephenson is there. Or should I say, my daughter is really hoping he is there since he’s her favorite player. We have front row seats behind the Bats dugout so maybe she can get his autograph if he is.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Hope that works out for you and her. She should tweet at him or whatever the kids do these days.

    • TR

      A historic minor league franchise. The Toledo Mud Hens go back to 1896.

      • Mark Moore

        Plus just about the most recognizable #1 fan in the world – Maxwell Q. Klinger!


  2. Gonzo Reds

    May end up being a thread here but interesting stuff from Rob Manford today. Robot umps by 2024 (wait isn’t Angel Hernandez a broken robot ump?), expansion of teams as several billionaires interested in buying teams (BUY THE REDS NOT A EXPANSION TEAM!), and that he is willing to hear Pete out on his latest bid for reinstatement based on being treated unfairly compared to the Astrogate players (and gambling now more of a MLB partner). Had to mention that last part for sure as I know how much Doug likes to discuss Pete Rose. 😉

    • Redsvol

      Love Pete Rose. Should be in the Hall of Fame and managing a baseball team.

    • DataDumpster

      Thanks for the info. I am very much against gambling in sports for several reasons not the least of which it seems to make it a lot easier for a player to gamble now (even against his team) using a trusted associate’s account. However it is, Pete Rose has his best argument yet, and believe he should be reinstated since he was not dishonest to the sport but had a gambling problem for which societal standards have also gone in his favor lately.

  3. Klugo

    Are we two Tylers away from a lineup at full strength?

    • TR

      As the old saying goes: ‘Tippacanoe and Tyler too.’

      • BenchWarmer

        Apropos of very little, John Tyler, who was president from 1841 (when “Tippecanoe”, Wm Henry Harrison, died a month into his term) to 1845, has a living GRANDSON. Do the math and let that sink in.

      • Old Big Ed

        Tyler (born in 1890) had a son at age 63, and that son had a son at age 75, which gets you to 1928 or so, and the grandson is now about 94.

        Very good factoid.

      • Doc

        Old Big Ed: if Tyler was born in 1890, how was he president from 1841-1845. Something does not compute.

  4. LDS

    I’d like to see the Reds work up a nice trade using Naquin, maybe a decent OF prospect that’s maybe a year or two away. Naquin is a career .217 hitter against LH’ers and last year’s 127 games were the most he’d play in his career. At 31+, and $4M/year, I would think there are better alternatives.

  5. Rednat

    with TS,Naquin, Pham, Senzel, India, Farmer Salano, Drury All healthy this team could put up some runs. This may be a good time to transition Joey to more of a supplemental role. Like Davey Concepcion at the end of his career.

  6. J

    It will be interesting to see what kind of dumb and unjustifiable roster move we’ll be subjected to when Naquin is ready.

    • Roger Garrett

      Thats a good one but so true.

    • David

      And these are just the guys to do it!!!

      Krall, get on that roster move Ouija board and figure out something dumb!

    • JB

      Well the second catcher will go down. Then it’s probably between Reynolds and Schrock and since Bell doesn’t play Schrock , it will be him. We know it isn’t Moose.

      • David

        Thinking like Bell and Krall, that would be the likely move. Send down Schrock.
        Perhaps a trade is cooking and Solano or Pham gets shipped somewhere.

        But….I just wish they would swallow the Bad Medicine and release Moustakas.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Naquin is another tough decision imo! I was surprised to go back and see he had 411 at-bats last year. It feels like he gets hurt almost as often as Senzel, but he can hit righties and we’re suddenly out of good lefty bats! An .847 ops vs rhp this year and .853 last year. Thats not great, but its good and its consistent! I think I’d like to see him come back and get in the lineup with Stephenson and see how this offense looks. If they move him then better get some solid bullpen help….preferably a lefty.

  8. Roger Garrett

    More vets go the better chance younger players see the field.Naquin is a tough one for me but we will see.

  9. Bill J

    Off the subject but, reported UCLA & USC to join the Big 10 in 2024

  10. BenchWarmer

    Old friend Narcisco Crook will be in the dugout for the Cubs tonight, getting called up for his Major League debut (which may or may not happen tonight of course). Has a slugging percentage over .400 in AAA so he’s earned it.

  11. Eddiek957

    Garcia so far seems to be enjoying regular at bats. What’s the reds 40 man roster look like? I was surprised when they released Akiyama this spring. I fear Moose gets tied to Luis and the Yankees fleece us like they did for Chapman