Farmer will start at first base and bat eighth Thursday against the Athletics. Farmer will stick in the lineup for the fourth straight game while starting at his third different position. The 28-year-old has been aided by the Reds having an extra lineup spot for the past three days with the designated hitter available in Oakland, but he'll be at risk of falling into a reserve role on a more regular basis once the Reds resume National League play in San Francisco this weekend.
Farmer hit a pinch-hit homer in Sunday's loss to the Giants. The homer was Farmer's fifth of the year and second in three days. It was also his first pinch-hit blast, which is important as many of his chances in the future are going to come as a pinch hitter.
Farmer went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk against the Padres on Sunday. Farmer took southpaw Brad Wieck deep in the seventh inning for his third home run of the season after drawing the start at first base. Though he's had limited playing time, Farmer has shown he's capable of hitting for some power, as he is slugging .542 across 24 at-bats. However, with both Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali ahead of him on the catching depth chart, Farmer's at-bats figure to only dry up further once Joey Votto (back) returns to the lineup.
Farmer is getting a start at first base Monday in place of Joey Votto, batting eighth against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The Reds are stacking the lineup with right-handers against Kershaw, with Scott Schebler being the only lefty in the lineup. Farmer is one of five former Dodgers in the lineup along with Yasiel Puig, Schebler, Jose Peraza and Matt Kemp.
Farmer has played a limited role so far, hitting .167/.167/.667 with two homers in 12 at-bats. Though he's capable of catching, the Reds haven't used him there yet, as he's played three games at second base and a game at third. Most of his action has been as a pinch hitter. With two other catchers on the active roster, that will continue to be his role.
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