The Cincinnati Reds have sent outfielder Stuart Fairchild to Triple-A Louisville where he will join the Bats on a rehab assignment. He will be the third big leaguer on the Bats roster working on rehab. Infielder Kevin Newman and left-handed reliever Alex Young are working their way back from an oblique strain (Newman) and hamstring tightness (Young).
Fairchild has missed the last six days while on the Covid-19 injured list. We don’t know how long his rehab assignment will last – it may depend on how he responds and performs – but he is eligible to return to the Reds on Saturday.
In his 88 games played this season with Cincinnati, Fairchild has hit .223/.322/.379 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and he’s stolen 10 bases in 12 attempts. He’s struggled since the All-Star break. In 22 games after the break he’s hitting .180/.268/.300. Fairchild had only been back up with the Reds for a week before he wound up on the injured list, but prior to that he had only been with Louisville for a few days. Still, between August 18th and September 8th, his only hit came in Louisville as he went 1-16. He had walked more often than he struck out during that stretch, but he had been in a big slump in his limited playing time.
Kevin Newman has played in nine games for Louisville while on his rehab assignment. He’s 6-29 with five walks and five strikeouts. That’s a .207/.343/.207 line for those who were curious. He’s been on the injured list since August 19th and is eligible to return whenever he is ready. He’s also eligible to stay on rehab through September 24th before a decision must be made.
Alex Young pitched in one game for Louisville back on September 6th. He tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout that night. But he has not pitched since. While he has been on the injured list with a tight hamstring, he also caught Covid-19 and is working back from that now, too. He will be eligible to return from the injured list whenever he is deemed ready.