Cincinnati Reds utility man Skip Schumaker began his rehab assignment Monday evening with the Triple-A Louisville Bats as they took on the Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo. He only played for six innings, though he was removed as scheduled.
At the plate the Major League veteran had three hits in four trips to the plate. He doubled over the left fielders head in the first inning. He struck out on three pitches in his second at bat, taking the first two and swinging over top of curveball. In the 4th inning he lined a single to left field. In his final trip to the plate he notched his second double of the game, hitting one to left-center field.
His swing looked good on the day and if you hadn’t known he was coming back from a shoulder injury, there would have been no doubt about his health by watching him swing the bat. In the field there were probably very few concerns as he injured his glove-side shoulder. He had a few chances to field the ball as he started the game in center. There were several chances in the air and on the ground in the game and didn’t show any issues making the plays, though a runner did take second base on him after he made a lazy throw back into the infield early in the game.