The Cincinnati Reds have placed infielder Matt McLain on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. They also announced that outfielder Stuart Fairchild has been activated from the 7-day concussion list.
Losing Matt McLain to injury is a big blow to an already struggling Cincinnati Reds offense. McLain, one of the top contenders for National League Rookie of the Year is hitting .290/.357/.507 this season with 43 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases in 89 games played. Defensively he’s been steady at both shortstop and second base (the last few nights perhaps being the exception).
McLain joins other lineup stalwarts Jonathan India and Jake Fraley on the injured list, leaving the Reds without several key contributors as they head into the final month of the season battling for both the National League Central and a wild card spot.
Cincinnati is getting back Stuart Fairchild. He was dealing with a concussion after crashing into the wall making a catch last week. Fairchild didn’t play for five days before heading to Triple-A Louisville for a short rehab assignment. He played in two games over the weekend against Toledo, going 1-5 with a walk and a run scored. He played center in his first game and then in left for his second game.
With a left-handed pitcher on the mound tonight in San Francisco the Reds have Fairchild right back in the lineup. He’ll be in right field this evening and he’s batting 7th as the two clubs begin a 3-game series at Oracle Park.