Dixon was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Friday. Dixon made his major-league debut with the Reds in 2018, though he struggled to a .178/.218/.356 line with five homers in 74 games. The 26-year-old also appeared in 49 games with Triple-A Louisville, slashing .346/.389/.570 with six homers. Dixon should get an opportunity to compete for a utility role in spring training.
Dixon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers. Dixon will hit the bench after four consecutive starts, each of which came at different positions. Despite having no direct line to an everyday role at any spot, the 26-year-old's versatility should continue to help him earn steady work throughout September. Dixon has yet to do much with his opportunities, however, as he's slashing just .194/.223/.389 across 112 plate appearances in the big leagues this season.
Dixon has picked up two of the four starts at first base for the Reds since Joey Votto (knee) has gone on the DL, with the other two going to Tucker Barnhart, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Interim manager Jim Riggleman suggested that Scooter Gennett could possibly slide over to first base on occasion, which would allow Dilson Herrera to get a random start here and there.
Dixon will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Mets. Dixon will enter the starting nine for the fifth time in seven games with everyday first baseman Joey Votto still battling a sore knee. The Reds don't believe Votto's injury is anything worrisome and could bring their star back in the lineup as soon as Friday's series opener against the Diamondbacks, which would result in Dixon fading back into a utility role.
Dixon was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. Dixon is up to replace Alex Blandino, who was placed on the disabled list with a torn ACL. Dixon hit .219/.265/.344 in 29 games for the Reds earlier in the season, appearing everywhere but catcher, shortstop and center field. He'll likely fill the same utility role this time around.
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