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.
— Tyler Stephenson (@Tyler_Step22) June 29, 2022
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.