Barnhart is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old started the first two games of the series, but he'll get a day off in the season finale. If he doesn't make an appearance Sunday, Barnhart will finish the season a .700 OPS, his lowest mark since 2015 despite tallying a career-high 10 home runs. Tim Federowicz will slide in behind the plate to replace him.
Barnhart went 5-for-5 with a triple and a two-run home run in Friday's loss to Pittsburgh. Barnhart went deep in the ninth inning and managed to cut the Pirates' lead to four, but the Reds would fall in the series opener. The 27-year-old had struggled at the dish in September prior to Friday's ballgame (.169 average through 20 games), but he'll look to end the season on a high note after putting together a multi-hit performance.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals. Barnhart and Curt Casali have been alternating turns behind the plate over the last six games. Casali will get the call on this occasion.
Barnhart is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins. Barnhart sits after making three straight starts. Curt Casali will be the backstop in his absence.
Barnhart is not starting Monday against Milwaukee. Barnhart has started 10 of 16 games behind the plate in September. Curt Casali will get the call for Monday's game.
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