It’s an off day for the Cincinnati Reds when it comes to playing games on the field. The front office, though, doesn’t have the day off and they made a move this afternoon. Infielder Kevin Newman was activated from the injured list and then he was designated for assignment.
Five weeks ago the team placed Kevin Newman on the injured list with an oblique strain. He headed out to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats on a rehab assignment on September 5th. Over the next two weeks he played in 11 games for the Bats, going 8-38 (.211) with five walks.
Position players can have up to 20 days on a rehab assignment. Last week the Reds quietly brought Newman back to Cincinnati where he continued his rehab with the team rather than having him continue to play in Triple-A. It would appear that there was not any “setback”, which the team could have then used as a way to keep him on the injured list. Today marks the 21st day since his rehab assignment began, meaning the club had to make a choice.
While the season is ending this week, Newman was not set to be free agent after 2023. Well, he is now that the team designated him for assignment.
Following last season the Reds traded reliever Dauri Moreta for Newman. He would ultimately play in 74 games for Cincinnati and hit .253/.311/.364 with 16 doubles, three home runs, and eight stolen bases. For those curious, Moreta has a 4.02 ERA in 53.2 innings out of the Pirates bullpen this season.