The Cincinnati Reds have sent outfielder Jake Fraley to Triple-A Louisville where he will join the Bats and begin a rehab assignment. The outfielder has been dealing with a stress fracture in a toe and hasn’t played in nearly four weeks – his last game was on August 3rd against the Chicago Cubs.
The Reds struggling offense could use Jake Fraley back in a big way. Fraley was hitting .263/.346/.467 at the time of his injury, but he’s been even better than that against right-handed pitching. When there’s a righty on the mound Fraley has hit .281/.361/.504 and all 15 of his home runs this season have come against right-handed pitching.
Coming off of a stress fracture in a toe, it will be interesting to see just how much – if any – time Fraley will get in the field. He noted earlier during his time on the injured list to Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer that he expects he will need surgery to fix things in the offseason. He also told Goldsmith that he was going to try and play through pain to help the team make the playoffs.
With the National League now having the designated hitter this could be the perfect role for Fraley when there’s a righty on the mound.
Tejay Antone is getting closer
Last week Tejay Antone was given an additional 10 days to rehab. Pitchers can only get 30 days worth of work on a rehab assignment, but there is a 10 day addition that can be granted to pitchers who are coming off of Tommy John surgery if they ask for it. The final day for Antone to rehab is September 2nd, after which the club will have to make a decision.
After two games in Arizona in the final week of July, Antone’s rehab assignment was moved for Triple-A Louisville. He’s pitched in 10 games with the Bats. On August 8th he allowed three runs in 1.1 innings with a walk and a home run. Since then he’s pitched in seven games and allowed just one run in seven innings pitched while striking out seven batters and walking three.