Winker is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers. Winker doesn't seem to have fully earned manager David Bell's trust when lefties are starting for the opposition. The outfielder will sit for the second time in three matchups versus southpaws after he was benched over the weekend when Rich Hill started for the Dodgers. Jose Peraza replaces Winker in left field as the Brewers bring Gio Gonzalez to the hill in the series opener.
Winker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday. Overall, the 25-year-old has produced strong power numbers, but this was his first extra-base hit since May 5. Winker hasn't recorded multiple hits in any of his last 10 games, and since then, his average has dropped 22 points. Winker is hitting .221 with 10 home runs, 16 RBI and 22 runs in 140 at-bats this season.
Winker will sit Friday against lefty Rich Hill and the Dodgers. The Reds are in the middle of a stretch of facing lefties in four out of five games. Winker started Thursday against Jose Quintana, but he's gotten the call against less than half of the lefties the Reds have faced this season, so it's no surprise he sits on this occasion. Jose Peraza starts in left field Friday.
Winker is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The fact that the Reds are facing a tough left-hander (Madison Bumgarner) along with playing a day game after a night game likely influenced manager David Bell's decision to withhold Winker from the lineup. With Winker on the bench, Jose Peraza will pick up a start in left field.
Winker (quadriceps) is back in the lineup Friday against the Giants after missing two straight games. Winker had been dealing with a quad strain, but the issue was considered to be minor, and he's back in action quickly as expected. The 25-year-old hasn't performed according to expectations this season, though not entirely in a bad way. He's seen his batting average drop from .299 to .237 but already has a career-high nine homers.
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