Schebler is hitting .215/.311/.241 at Triple-A Louisville and has yet to homer in 90 plate appearances since his demotion. While Schebler nominally has lowered his strikeout rate, from 28.4% in the majors to 24.4% in the minors, his power has disappeared. His Triple-A ISO is a minuscule .026. If an injury occurs at the big-league level, it's most likely going to be Phillip Ervin getting the call over Schebler, if Ervin's not already up with the big club.
Schebler was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. With Nick Senzel now up as the everyday center fielder, the Reds opted to give Schebler everyday at-bats in the minors rather than keep him around as a fourth outfielder. He clearly needs to figure something out, as he's hitting .123/.253/.222 through 30 games. Cody Reed was recalled in a corresponding move.
Schebler is out of the lineup for the second straight game Wednesday against the Mets. Schebler's loss of playing time is hardly a surprise, as he's hitting .135 on the season and has just two hits in his last 14 games. He could be about to lose his starting spot entirely, as Nick Senzel's promotion is reportedly imminent. For Wednesday's game, Jesse Winker slides over to center field, with Derek Dietrich entering the lineup in left.
Schebler is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets. Manager David Bell will go with an outfield consisting of Jesse Winker, Phillip Ervin and Yasiel Puig from left to right against lefty Jason Vargas. Schebler's days as a regular in this lineup are numbered; he's 2-for-34 over his last 14 games and batting .135/.273/.243 for the season. Jon Heyman of MLB Network suggests the Reds could call up top prospect Nick Senzel to take over in center field as soon as Friday.
Schebler dropped to seventh in the order for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Schebler has continued to struggle at the plate, hitting just .132/.263/.235 in 80 plate appearances so far. Tucker Barnhart is batting fifth with Schebler moving down.