The Cincinnati Reds announced on Wednesday morning that they had sent outfielders Aristides Aquino and Jake Fraley to join Triple-A Louisville on rehab assignments.
Aristides Aquino has been out with an injured calf for the last month. After a brutal start to the 2022 season where he hit .049/.093/.122 in 15 games in April the Reds designated him for assignment. The outfielder cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A. He went to Triple-A and started hitting. Injuries piled up in Cincinnati’s outfield and the Reds added him to the 40-man roster and called him up on May 22nd. He went 2-4 that day with a double. The next day he went 2-4 with two home runs. Aquino would hit .283 with four doubles and two homers in the three weeks he was back up, but he strained his calf on June 12th and he’s been on the injured list ever since.
The same day that Aristides Aquino was placed on the injured list, the Reds placed Jake Fraley on the 60-day injured list. He hadn’t played in the big leagues since April 30th and was dealing with knee inflammation. He began a rehab assignment on May 22nd, but he only played in four games before a toe injury popped up and he was returned from the assignment.
Fraley, like Aquino, struggled mightily in April with the Reds. He was hitting .130/.254/.278 with two doubles and two home runs in 19 games when he was originally placed on the injured list.
The Louisville Bats are currently on the road in the land of Dunder Mifflin as they are in the middle of a 6-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. That team features former Reds legends Derek Dietrich and Jake Bauers (spring training legend only – he never played with the big league club, but was actually with Louisville earlier this season).