Schumaker has decided to retire from baseball. He had been in Padres camp on a minor league deal, but obviously the writing was on the wall that he was ticketed for the minors, and Schumaker decided to just retire instead.
Schumaker received an invite to the Padres' major league spring training Wednesday. The recently acquired Schumaker is one of two non-roster invitees in the Padres camp alongside prized prospect Hunter Renfroe. The veteran utility man appeared in 131 games with the Reds last season, slashing .242/.306/.336 to go with 51 strikeouts and 23 walks across 244 at-bats. His big league experience and versatility, as well as his left-handed bat, could give him a shot at landing a bench spot out of spring training.
The Padres signed Schumaker to a minor league contract Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Schumaker spent last season serving in a situational role, which translated to a .242/.306/.336 slash line, one homer, and two stolen bases in 244 at-bats across 131 games. After turning 36 years old last week, he's clearly in the twilight of his career, but the opportunity afforded by the Padres could result in an outfield depth role at the major league level at some point in 2016.
The Reds will give Billy Hamilton a rest Tuesday, as the speedy outfielder will sit for the contest against the Cubs and be replaced in the lineup by Skip Schumaker. Schumaker will hit in the No. 8 slot in the lineup for the first time this year, and it will be just the third time in 15 games that the Reds have hit a position player, and not the pitcher, in the eight-hole. Schumaker will play left field. He is hitting .213 with 6 RBIs in 66 appearances this season.
The Reds will shuffle the bottom of their lineup against the Mets on Saturday. Outfielder Marlon Byrd will take over center field over Billy Hamilton and bat fifth in the lineup. Left fielder Skip Schumaker will hit sixth, taking over for Chris Dominguez who held the spot for Friday's game. Ivan De Jesus will replace Eugenio Suarez at the shortstop position while batting out of the seventh spot. Finally, Tucker Barnhart will replace Brayan Pena at the catcher spot and will hit from the eighth spot.
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