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2023 Batting

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Top Kevin Newman News

  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Newman: Latches on with Arizona

    Newman signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday that includes and invitation to spring training, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Newman, 30, spent the 2023 campaign in Cincinnati, slashing .253/.311/.364 with three homers and eight steals in 74 contests. He'll try to win a utility role in Arizona, with most of his playing time perhaps coming versus lefties, against whom Newman posted an .813 OPS last season.

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  • Kevin Newman: Let go by Reds

    Newman was released by the Reds on Wednesday.

    Newman had been designated for assignment earlier this week, and he's now officially a free agent. The veteran infielder might have to settle for a minor-league contract this offseason after putting up just a .619 OPS over the last four seasons.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Activated, DFA'd

    Newman (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday and designated for assignment.

    Newman has recovered from his oblique injury after missing more than a month of action, but the Reds no longer see a fit for him on the big-league roster. The 30-year-old will now go through the waiver process and is likely to go unclaimed, given his $2.66 million salary.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Beginning rehab assignment

    Newman (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Louisville.

    On the shelf since Aug. 19 because of a left oblique strain, Newman looks poised to return to the Reds' active roster around the end of this week. The 30-year-old infielder was slashing .253/.311/.364 with three homers and eight steals through 74 games for Cincinnati prior to the injury.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Placed on injured list

    The Reds placed Newman on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 16.

    Newman was previously on the injured list with an illness in late July, and now an oblique injury will force him out for at least another week. Top prospect Noelvi Marte was recalled from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Steals bag in win

    Newman started at second base and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Monday's 5-2 win over Miami.

    Newman swiped second base in the fourth inning but was stranded there. It was his eighth steal in 70 games. He plays a part-time role for the Reds but has experienced a slight uptick in opportunities with Jonathan India (foot) on the injured list. India had been expected to be activated Tuesday, but the Reds pushed his return back to Friday.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Rare start against righty

    Newman is starting at second base and batting seventh in Monday's contest versus the Marlins.

    Eury Perez is taking the ball for Miami, marking the first time since June 18 that Newman has been in the lineup against a right-hander. Matt McLain is receiving a day off.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Makes first appearance off IL

    Newman served as a pinch hitter and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

    Newman pinch hit for Jake Fraley against left-hander Caleb Ferguson and knocked in Elly De La Cruz for the first Cincinnati run. Newman was activated off the injured list last Monday but hadn't appeared in a game since. He's normally in the lineup against southpaws, but the Reds haven't seen a lefty starter since he rejoined the active roster.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Activated from injured list

    Newman (illness) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Newman missed the minimum 10 days due to a bout with gastritis. He'll likely go back to playing regularly against left-handed pitching.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Goes on IL with illness

    Newman was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with gastritis.

    The move was retroactive to Friday, so Newman will be eligible for activation July 24, and he should be ready to go by then or shortly after. Newman has been a useful short-side platoon guy this season with a .901 OPS versus lefties.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Batting leadoff

    Newman is starting at first base and batting leadoff Tuesday against the Nationals.

    With the Nats throwing left-hander Patrick Corbin, Newman will be at the top of the order while TJ Friedl slides down to the No. 8 spot. Joey Votto is getting the day off.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Notches steal off bench

    Newman went 0-for-1 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-6 loss to Atlanta.

    Newman has gotten on base safely in all but one of his last seven games, and he's added two steals and four RBI in that span. The infielder's playing time is on the decline with the Reds' infield at full health, and he'll likely be confined to a short-side platoon role going forward. Newman has a .266/.325/.380 slash line with three home runs, 26 RBI, 22 runs scored and six steals through 206 plate appearances this season.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: On bench in second straight

    Newman is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

    Though Newman started in five of the Reds' last seven games, he'll likely be limited to a short-side platoon role moving forward. With Joey Votto's recent return from the 60-day injured list, the Cincinnati infield is looking more crowded these days, and Newman will find himself as the odd man out more often than not.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Losing out on reps

    Newman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

    Newman is on the bench for the second straight game and may be limited to a part-time role moving forward while rookies Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain have emerged as regulars on the left side of the infield, which has resulted in third baseman Spencer Steer moving to the other side of the diamond of late. Playing time could be even tougher for Newman to attain once Nick Senzel (knee), Joey Votto (shoulder), Jake Fraley (wrist), Wil Myers (shoulder) and Henry Ramos (hip) are all back from the injured list.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Playing first base Tuesday

    Newman is starting at first base and batting seventh Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Newman might get dinged a bit on playing time with the arrival of top prospect Elly De La Cruz, but the Reds will keep the veteran infielder in the mix Tuesday versus the Dodgers and right-hander Tony Gonsolin. De La Cruz is at third base in his MLB debut. Spencer Steer will play left field.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Another leadoff look Thursday

    Newman is in the leadoff spot again Thursday at Boston.

    Newman also batted at the top of the Reds' lineup Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He's slashing .323/.417/.387 in 72 plate appearances since the beginning of May and has recently become Cincinnati's preferred tablesetter versus left-handed pitching opponents. Chris Sale is on the bump for the Red Sox on Thursday.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Batting leadoff

    Newman will start at third base and bat leadoff in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

    As usual, the righty-hitting Newman will find himself in the lineup versus a lefty (James Paxton), but he'll be hitting higher than fifth in the order for just the second time all season. He has been swinging a hot bat of late with four multi-hit efforts in his last five contests.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: On base five times

    Newman went 2-for-2 with three walks and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Newman miraculously reached base in all five of his at bats and never scored a run even with the Reds totaling eight runs in Sunday's contest. It didn't help that the two guys hitting behind him combined to go 0-for-9, but Newman has now put together four straight multi-hit games and has raised his batting average 40 points over that span. The Reds' infield is too crowded at the moment for Newman to see consistent playing time, but he'll continue to be given opportunities while he's swinging a hot bat.

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  • Reds' Kevin Newman: Drives in three, steals base in win

    Newman went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Cardinals.

    While starting his second game in a row, Newman once again delivered a two-hit performance to lift his season-long average up to .257. He'll be back on the bench for Thursday's series finale with St. Louis, and despite his hot start to the week, Newman's playing-time outlook only projects to get worse as the season rolls along. The Reds have already summoned one of their top infield prospects in Matt McLain to the big leagues, and Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand may not be far away from receiving promotions from Triple-A Louisville.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Poway, CA
Age: 30
School: Arizona
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: R, R