Cincinnati Reds News: Dilson Herrera to outfield, Joey Votto out

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 13: Dilson Herrera #15 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on July 13, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 13: Dilson Herrera #15 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on July 13, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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Good morning Reds fans. Dilson Herrera will get an opportunity in the Cincinnati Reds outfield, Joey Votto will not play on Tuesday and more.

The Cincinnati Reds are now 6-11 since the All-Star break and fell to 1-6 on their road trip. The Reds will be back at it on Tuesday night in New York City when they go head to head with the Mets. Sal Romano will take the mound for Cincinnati, while New York’s left-hander Jason Vargas will toe the rubber for the Mets.

Herrera in the outfield. What was once a position of strength for the Reds has now become a weakness. Adam Duvall is gone, Jesse Winker is out for the season, and Scott Schebler is still unable to throw. With a lack of outfield options, it appears Cincinnati will turn to second baseman Dilson Herrera.

Herrera, outside of three innings during the 4-19 blowout loss to Cleveland on July 11th, has never played in the outfield. After the newly acquired Preston Tucker was hit by a pitch in his left foot last night, we may see Hererra thrust into action sooner than later. Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman spoke, via MLB.com, about Herrera taking balls in the outfield:

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"“I want to get Herrera as much work as we can taking balls out there during batting practice. We’re trying to find a right-handed complement to Mason.”"

Votto out on Tuesday. Look for Brandon Dixon to get the start at first base on Tuesday. Joey Votto will out of the lineup Tuesday night after aggravating an injury to his right knee that he suffered during Saturday’s loss to the Washinton Nationals.

Votto was plunked in the right knee by Ryan Madson in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game against the Nats. Votto didn’t take kindly to getting hit by Madson’s fastball, and the feeling among Reds fans was that he was hit intentionally.

Votto will be considered day-to-day and the hope is that Joey returns to the starting lineup on Wednesday’s series finale in New York. Votto went 2-for-4 on Monday night with an RBI.

Bailey struggles. Homer Bailey had two really nice outings heading into Monday’s game against the New York Mets. His hot streak since returning from the DL did not continue on Monday night, as Bailey went only 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs.

Bailey looked great in his first two starts after the All-Star break. He’d been shelved with a knee injury and played in 7 games with Triple-A Louisville on a rehab assignment before returning to the Reds on July 24th.

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In his first two starts since May 28th, Bailey went 14.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and only 3 walks. He allowed 8 hits in those two games and only 4 earned runs. Both games ended in a loss for Bailey, but that was due to lack of run support. Bailey’s ERA in those two starts was sitting at 2.45 and his BAbip was .194. His ERA in his previous 12 starts this season was 6.68 and his BAbip was .316.