Solano will serve as the Reds' designated hitter and No. 5 batter in Tuesday's game against the Cubs. Solano has come out hot since being activated from the 60-day injured list a week ago. While starting in four of the Reds' first five games upon rejoining the active roster, Solano has gone 6-for-16 with three doubles, a walk, three runs and two RBI. He received each of his prior four starts at either second base or third base, but DH may represent Solano's clearest path to an everyday role now that Jonathan India (hand) is healthy after a one-game absence. The lefty-hitting Mike Moustakas is on the bench against a right-handed starter (Keegan Thompson) for the second straight day, perhaps hinting that the righty-hitting Solano may not be relegated to a short-side platoon role while he's producing at the plate.
The Reds reinstated Solano (hamstring) from the 60-day injured list Tuesday. Cincinnati swapped Solano off the 60-day IL in exchange for lefty starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (back), who was transferred from the 10-day IL since he was already on track to miss more than two months with his injury. The righty-hitting Solano is expected to serve as a short-side platoon option at second base, third base or shortstop for Jonathan India, Kyle Farmer or Brandon Drury, depending on which player the Reds want to extend a breather on a given day.
Solano (hamstring) could return from the 60-day injured list as early as Tuesday against the Dodgers, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Solano began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville in early June and has slashed .333/.375/.476 with three doubles, two RBI and a run over seven games. The 34-year-old will presumably continue to appear in minor-league games this weekend prior to rejoining the Reds early next week.
Solano (hamstring) is expected to start his rehab assignment Tuesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Solano has yet to make his Reds debut after signing with the team in the offseason, but he appears to be closing in on a return. The 34-year-old batted .280 with seven homers, 31 RBI, 35 runs and two stolen bases over 307 at-bats in 101 games with the Giants last season.
The Reds transferred Solano (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list Monday. The transaction shouldn't alter Solano's timeline for making his Reds debut, as he was already in line to miss the first two months of the season after having yet to resume running at 100 percent since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in late April to address lingering pain in his left hamstring. Solano hasn't been shut down from activities entirely, but since he still needs to complete his running program, incorporate full on-field baseball activities into his workout regimen and take at-bats in simulated games before heading out on a rehab assignment, he's likely multiple weeks away from coming off the IL.
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