Winker (wrist) went 0-for-4 in his first game back with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
After four games with the team's rookie-level affiliate, Winker was thrust back up atop the minor league ladder. Winker, who missed a month due to a wrist injury, has managed just two home runs in 56 games with Louisville this season and hasn't even attempted a stolen base, but he has more walks (33) than strikeouts (32) and that plate discipline could earn him a September promotion.
Winker might need a decent amount of time before proving he's ready to advance beyond Triple-A Louisville, as he has just two homers and a .367 slugging percentage so far. But the Reds will still likely give him a look at some point this year, especially if Jay Bruce gets dealt as expected by the trade deadline.
Winker is day-to-day with a wrist injury, Steve Bittenbender of The Courier-Journal reports.
The Reds' top outfield prospect exited Sunday's game with an apparent wrist injury and he was held out of Monday's contest. He underwent an MRI on Monday, but the Reds have yet to disclose the extent of his injury. That said, manager Delino DeShields did note that Winker was having trouble gripping the bat. He's considered day-to-day at this point, and his timetable for a return should come into focus once the results of the MRI are released.
Perhaps most impressively, Winker has more walks (20) than strikeouts (14). On the downside, his power has been almost non-existent after he hit 13 home runs in 123 games at Double-A last year, but there's still plenty of time for him to develop that aspect of his game.
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