The Cincinnati Reds made a bunch of roster moves earlier on Monday afternoon, but they weren’t done yet. The club announced that Stuart Fairchild has been activated from the injured list and that they had designated outfielder Hunter Renfroe for assignment. With those two moves, it makes seven on the day for the team.
Stuart Fairchild had been on the Covid-19 injured list. Cincinnati sent him on a short rehab stint after missing a week. In his first two games with Louisville he went a combined 0-5 with a walk, run, and a strikeout. On Sunday he went 2-3 with a run, and he was hit by two pitches.
Prior to going to the injured list, Fairchild had been in a bit of a slump. From August 18th through September 8th – including his time in Triple-A – he had gone 1-16. During that stretch he had more walks (5) than strikeouts (4), but the hits simply didn’t show up.
Three weeks ago the Reds picked up Hunter Renfroe from the Los Angeles Angels on waivers. The outfielder was hitting .242/.304/.434 – showing good power, but not doing much hitting or getting on base. After joining Cincinnati he didn’t hit, get on base, or show any power. Over his 14 games he went 5-39 with one home run and he posted an OPS of .432. You could understand the move at the time, but it’s one of those things that just didn’t work out. That can happen a lot when you are dealing with small sample sizes. Guys slump for 2-3 weeks and maybe that’s what happened here.
With the Reds in a playoff hunt and fewer and fewer games remaining in the season they simply don’t have the time to let someone work their way out of a slump if there are other options available. For Cincinnati, that’s Stuart Fairchild. He can also play the outfield, and unlike Renfroe – he’s got speed and can be used off of the bench to provide value as a pinch runner if needed.