Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain took a step forward in his recovery from a tweaked oblique on Friday. Manager David Bell told Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer that McLain took 70 swings yesterday and that he should get live at-bats around Wednesday.

McLain hasn’t played in a game this spring. On February 20th he tweaked his oblique, but an MRI showed nothing to worry about. Cincinnati kept him out for about a week, though, to let him heal things up before he began to get things going again. Yesterday was a good first step for him to get back on the field.

Noelvi Marte is set to debut

Some more good news for the Reds comes today. Noelvi Marte is set to make his spring debut this afternoon against Colorado. He suffered a hamstring injury while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic back in November. Cincinnati had him ramp up slowly after he arrived in camp.

The Reds top prospect, Marte played in 35 games late last season with Cincinnati. In his 123 plate appearances he hit .316/.366/.456 with seven doubles, three home runs, and six stolen bases. He’s expected to make the club out of camp where he’ll likely see time at third base, maybe a little bit at shortstop, and likely some designated hitter at times.

Blake Dunn’s big debut

The Reds 2023 minor league player of the year was Blake Dunn. He became only the second player in Cincinnati farm system history to hit at least 20 home runs (he had 23) and steal at least 50 bases (he had 54) in the same season. Dunn joined Gary Redus in the 20-50 club. Redus accomplished that in 1982 with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Dunn’s performance earned him an invite to big league camp as a non-roster invitee, but some elbow soreness kept him off of the field for a bit. Last night he got his first game action, coming off of the bench for the Reds. Despite not being a starter on the day, he managed to go 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

8 Responses

  1. Optimist

    Redus, however, remains alone in the 40/.460 club (sb/avg).

    • LDS

      Yep, that was a nice rookie season in Billings. His AAA season before the callup was pretty good as well. A solid MLB career, but he never hit quite as well as some expected.

      • RedsGettingBetter

        Hope Dunn could hit at major level as he’s done in the minors so far

    • Justin T

      There was a patch of time there where he was the only bright spot on the team. A poor mans Eric Davis. Those were some dark day right before Pete came back.

  2. Melvin

    Dunn continues to impress more and more. Great start. Is it possible he takes the 26th spot with a great spring training? Who knows?

    • Jason Linden

      No. It is not. If someone is viewed as a potential starter, you don’t have him on the roster as a bench guy. If he’s up, he plays.

      • Melvin

        I would hope so too. He wouldn’t get enough ABs as a platoon guy. If he hits well enough though it could be hard figuring out what to do. Eventually he wouldn’t be a platoon guy from what I’m hearing.

  3. Kurt Frost

    So much for McClain being out 5 days.