2 players who could be removed from the Reds roster when Nick Senzel returns and 1 who won't be

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) catches a fly ball.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) catches a fly ball. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Don't look for Stuart Fairchild to be optioned once Nick Senzel returns to the Reds lineup.

This may be going out on a limb, but let's hope the Cincinnati Reds front office and coaching staff are smart enough not to option Stuart Fairchild down to Triple-A once Nick Senzel is ready to return from his rehab assignment.

Fairchild was the last addition to the Reds Opening Day lineup, so the idea is surely on the table. But no player on the Reds roster this season has done more with less playing time than the former second-round draft pick.

Fairchild's role to begin the season has been that of bench bat. The right-handed hitting outfielder will get the occasional start when a left-handed pitcher draws the start for the opposition. But through 11 games, Fairchild has had just 12 at-bats.

However, the 27-year-old has made the most of his opportunities, Through the last seven games, Fairchild is slashing .365/.545/1.000 with three hits, a triple, a home run, and three walks. Perhaps more impressive is just one strikeout.

Stuart Fairchild is likely to get used to scenery up and down I-71, as he'll be shuttled between Louisville and Cincinnati often this season. But the outfielder has staying power if he's just given the opportunity. Let's hope the Cincinnati Reds see things this way as well.

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