Reds place Matt Davidson on COVID-19 injured list

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Ahead of today’s game, the Reds placed an infielder Matt Davidson on the COVID-19 injured list ten days after Davidson tested positive for the virus. Aristides Aquino and right handed Tejay Antone were called up from the Cincinnati minor league training site to fill the spots left by Davidson and receiver Tucker Barnhart, which went on the paternity list.Davidson was in the starting lineup for Cincinnati’s 7-1 win on Friday over Detroit, so as a result of that positive test there must surely be some concern within the Reds club as to whether others would have. may have become infected. As the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale noted, the Reds have had no cases of coronavirus since summer camp opened, when two players tested positive in the first round of admission tests.

Davidson signed a minors contract with the Reds during the offseason, and Friday’s game marked his first Major League action since the 2018 season. While Davidson beat 46 home runs out of 939 PA for the White Sox in 2017 -18, he wasn’t a productive offensive player overall, with a .224 / .291 / .435 cut-off line. Davidson also tried to pitch, although the Reds seem to focus solely on him as a positional player.

Aquino made baseball talk last summer after hitting 15 home runs and posting a 1.129 OPS in his first 124 home plate appearances, although he quickly calmed down after that incredible start. He will now have another chance to play, and could be helped by the existence of a DH spot rather than having to fight for space in a crowded Reds outfield.

Antone was a fifth-round pick for the Reds in the 2014 Draft, and he will head to the big leagues after posting an average of 3.74, 2.80 K / BB and 6.8 K / 9 on 611 1 / 3 career minor league innings. . Grounding specialist, Antone is ranked 20th on MLB Pipeline’s Top Prospects List in the Cincinnati Farming System.

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