Barnhart is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Barnhart went 2-for-3 while catching all nine innings of the Reds' 9-0 loss Tuesday night, so he'll be getting a breather while Cincinnati and Chicago conclude their series Wednesday with an early game. Tyler Stephenson will pick up the start behind the dish, batting seventh.
Barnhart went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs Sunday in the Reds' 13-12 win over the Cubs in 10 innings. Barnhart's long ball was his third of the season and one of five on the day for the Reds. Cincinnati values Barnhart mainly for his skills as a game caller, but he's been a surprising contributor to what has been one of the majors' most potent lineups through the first month of the season. The 31-year-old is holding down a .918 OPS, 168 points better than his next-best mark (in 2017) for any season of his career.
Barnhart isn't starting Saturday's game against the Cubs. Barnhart will be out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games after he went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts Friday. Tyler Stephenson will start behind the dish.
Barnhart isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Barnhart has gone 1-for-11 with a double, two runs and four strikeouts in his last four contests and will be out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Tyler Stephenson will start behind the dish and bat seventh.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers. Barnhart and Tyler Stephenson have split time in a relatively typical way behind the plate so far this season. Barnhart has started 14 games, while Stephenson, who starts Monday, has gotten the nod eight times. Both backstops have gotten off to a hot start offensively, with Stephenson's .924 OPS narrowly edging out Barnhart's .910 mark.