3 possible replacements if Reds outfielder TJ Friedl lands on the Injured List

Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl
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2. Reds OF Will Benson could be called up if TJ Friedl is placed on the IL.

Okay, we're getting warmer, right? Look, Will Benson struggled out of the gate and posted a strikeou-rate north of 50-percent. However, since spending time at Triple-A Louisville, Benson's approach has been improved.

The former Cleveland Guardians farmhand is still hitting below the Mendoza line, but Benson owns a on-base percentage of .413. While you'd love to see that batting average at least above .230, Benson is reaching base almost every other at-bat.

There's also the power, speed, and defensive versatility. Benson has plenty of pop and has two round trippers at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old also has nine stolen bases. If Benson is getting on base over 40-percent of the time and is able to swipe bags with regularity, he could be a weapon in David Bell's lineup.

Much like the aforementioned Michael Siani, Will Benson is a left-handed batter and is on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster. The Reds could simply place TJ Friedl on the 10-day IL and recall Benson to the active roster.

I know, it's the not the name you want to see, but this may be the most likely route the Cincinnati front office takes if they're looking for a temporary substitute for Friedl.