The Reds will continue to hold voluntary workouts at their spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona, while spring training is suspended, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Barnhart, the Reds MLBPA representative, is among the Reds that will remain in Arizona for the short term. Barnhart's wife is pregnant, so she and their young son have already gone home. "I will remain here until I'm told or given a little bit more information or clear vision on what the schedule looks like," Barnhart said. "I think after that, for me personally, I will probably go home and spend time with my family as much as possible and help take care of them as much as possible."
Barnhart will no longer be a switch hitter and will instead hit exclusively from the left side of the plate, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Over the last three years, Barnhart has a .651 OPS against left-handers, but that dropped to .390 (.133/.235/.156 in 51 plate appearances) last year. With lefty-mashing Curt Casali as his backup, it's most likely that Barnhart will have limited exposure to lefties with this change.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Barnhart will head to the bench for the third time in the last four games and has a .649 OPS over 23 games in September. Curt Casali will start behind the plate in the season finale.
Barnhart will sit Friday in Pittsburgh. Barnhart hits the bench for the second straight game. Curt Casali remains the starter behind the plate.
Barnhart is not in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers. He is 7-for-16 (.438) with one home run over his last five games. Curt Casali will start behind the dish while hitting eighth.
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