Ervin is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. He has been playing regularly since Billy Hamilton (thumb) hit the shelf, but that window of opportunity may be closed for now. Jesse Winker (hip) is back and will slot in as the right fielder Tuesday, pushing Scott Schebler to center. Ervin will likely still see chances against opposing lefties.
Ervin will bat atop the order and start in center field Wednesday against the Mets. This marks the first game in Ervin's big-league career that he will bat leadoff. The 25-year-old rejoined the club from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, and has only recorded 11 at-bats with the Reds this season. In those brief opportunities, Ervin has collected five hits, two of which resulted in home runs. During 98 games with Louisville in 2017, he's hitting .256/.328/.380 with seven home runs, 40 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Two days after he was sent packing, Ervin has rejoined the Reds, replacing Jesse Winker (hip) on the active roster. Ervin nearly hit for the cycle in a game with Cincinnati earlier this month, but his numbers over a larger body of work with Louisville leave quite a bit to be desired. He figures to see only occasional starts against lefties while up, and Ervin may very well be just a fourth outfielder long term.
Ervin was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. Despite playing well in the majors, Ervin will return to the Cincinnati's Triple-A affiliate. The 25-year-old has logged 12 plate appearances for the Reds this season, over which he's drawn two walks and gone 5-for-10 with two home runs.
Ervin went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI during Thursday's win over the Cubs. Ervin has now homered in consecutive games, and he could potentially receive a slight uptick in playing time if he continues to produce at the dish. However, his .256/.328/.380 with Triple-A Louisville this season shouldn't instill much confidence. In the majority of fantasy settings, it's likely best to take a wait-and-see approach with Ervin.
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