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March 24, 2021 09:44 AM
Dodgers' Matt Davidson: Sent to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson was assigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.

Davidson was always a long shot to crack the Dodgers' very talented roster, and his .693 spring OPS certainly didn't improve his chances. He could potentially earn a call-up at some point this year but isn't likely to see anything more than a bench role.

March 2, 2021 12:44 PM
Dodgers' Matt Davidson: Expects to pitch in exhibition game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson threw a bullpen session recently and believes he'll pitch in a Cactus League game during spring training, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Davidson has tossed 6.1 innings as a major leaguer, allowing two earned runs and notching a 3:3 K:BB. He remains a long shot to break camp with the Dodgers, but his ability to pitch gives him a bit of a boost in his quest to make the club. If he does log time on the major-league roster this season, Davidson will likely function primarily as a bench bat, though he could potentially see some mop-up duty on the mound.

February 28, 2021 05:36 PM
Dodgers' Matt Davidson: Competing for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson is "in the mix" to earn a roster spot during the 2021 season, Juan Toribio of reports.

Davidson has worked mainly as a designated hitter over the past three seasons, but he's been throwing in the bullpen early in spring training. The Dodgers have a talented lineup and bullpen heading into the season, but manager Dave Roberts still said that he's in contention for a roster spot if he pitches well during camp.

February 16, 2021 11:32 PM
Dodgers' Matt Davidson: Joins Dodgers as non-roster invitee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Mark Feinsand of reports.

The 29-year-old appeared in 22 games for the Reds in 2020 and had a .163/.234/.395 slash line with three homers in 47 plate appearances. Davidson will face long odds of cracking Los Angeles' talented Opening Day roster.

October 14, 2020 06:56 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Outrighted to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was DFA'd in early September before rejoining the big-league club for the playoffs, so it's not a major surprise to see him cast off the 40-man roster after the season. Davidson had a .163/.234/.395 slash line with three homers and 13 strikeouts in 47 plate appearances this season.

September 30, 2020 11:24 AM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Back with big club for playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Reds selected Davidson's contract from their alternate training site Wednesday.

Davidson will provide the Reds with an extra right-handed power bat off the bench during the team's wild-card series with the Braves, which begins Wednesday. Before he was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier this month, Davidson appeared in 22 regular-season games with Cincinnati, supplying a .629 OPS across 47 plate appearances.

September 11, 2020 07:32 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Remains in organization
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to the Reds' alternate training site.

Davidson was cast off the Reds' 40-man roster Tuesday, but he'll remain in the organization going forward. The 29-year-old saw limited playing time in the majors this year, slashing .163/.234/.395 over 47 plate appearances.

September 8, 2020 06:04 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

Davidson filled a part-time role for the Reds this season but didn't do much with his opportunities, hitting just .163/.234/.395 in 47 plate appearances. Tyler Stephenson was recalled to take his place on the roster.

August 22, 2020 12:04 AM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Grand slam off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson went 1-for-2 with a grand slam in Friday's 4-2 win over the Cardinals.

Davidson pinch hit for Josh VanMeter in the sixth inning, and he immediately blasted the third pitch he saw far over the left field wall. It's the third homer of the year for Davidson, who has added 10 RBI, three runs scored and a double in 23 plate appearances. He'll likely remain in a bench role.

August 8, 2020 02:00 AM
Reds' Matt Davidson: First homer since 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's 8-3 win over the Brewers.

Batting cleanup as the first baseman, Davidson capped off the scoring in a six-run second inning with his first long ball of the season. In fact, it was his first MLB homer in nearly two calendar years -- his last was Sept. 3, 2018 as a member of the White Sox. On the strength of a hot spring training and summer camp, Davidson has carved out a role against left-handed pitching.

August 1, 2020 02:52 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Never had COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson denied Saturday that he had COVID-19, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Davidson experienced symptoms following last week's Opening Day game and did test positive on one test but tested negative on all future tests, including tests for antibodies. That explains why he was able to return just one week later, appearing off the bench Friday against the Tigers.

July 31, 2020 03:00 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.

Davidson tested positive for the virus Saturday but is back with the team after being sidelined for less than a week. He served as the designated hitter against a lefty on Opening Day and could be set to continue in that role going forward, with Jesse Winker earning the starts against righties.

July 25, 2020 03:08 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Tests positive for COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday.

Davidson started in the Reds' Opening Day contest Friday, but he'll now be sidelined for the foreseeable future after testing positive for COVID-19. It's unclear whether the 29-year-old is exhibiting symptoms, but he'll have to produce two negative tests before MLB protocol allows him to rejoin the team.

July 24, 2020 12:56 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Gets Opening Day start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson will bat sixth and serve as the designated hitter in Friday's Opening Day game against Detroit.

Davidson is seemingly in line to fill the short side of a platoon as designated hitter, as he'll be preferred to Jesse WInker at the position with a lefty (Matthew Boyd) on the mound for the Tigers. The 29-year-old owns a 119 career wRC+ against lefties (compared to an 88 wRC+ against righties), so he should be well-suited to the role.

July 24, 2020 11:16 AM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Contract selected by Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson made the Reds' Opening Day roster after his contract was officially selected by the team Friday.

The temporarily expanded 30-man rosters create space for players like Davidson to make the team. The 29-year-old hit a respectable .228/.319/.419 for the White Sox in 2018, his most recent big-league season. While that line was good for a slightly above-average 104 wRC+, that's not a particularly exciting number for a player limited to the infield corners defensively, and with Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez locking down Davidson's preferred positions, it's unlikely he'll be much more than a bench bat this season.

July 18, 2020 12:24 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Homers twice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson homered twice in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Davidson has an outside chance of making the Reds' Opening Day roster, perhaps benefiting from the expanded 30-man roster. If he makes it, he'd be almost exclusively as a pinch hitter with the rare spot start at first or third.

June 28, 2020 04:16 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Joins 60-man player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.

He hit .333/.429/.778 with two home runs and six strikeouts in 21 plate appearances as a non-roster invitee this spring. Davidson will be training at Great American Ball Park with the Reds' best hitters, so he could see MLB time this season, particularly as a designated hitter.

March 2, 2020 01:12 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Re-enters spring lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson (hand) will start at third base and bat eighth in Monday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.

Davidson was able to avoid an extended absence after being struck on the hand by a pitch in Saturday's game against the Padres, resulting in his early departure. The fact that Davidson is occupying a spot in the infield rather than serving as a designated hitter implies that the hand injury is no longer affecting him at the plate or in the field.

February 29, 2020 09:16 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Another plunking
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson left Saturday's spring training game after getting hit on the hand by a pitch, Mark Sheldon of reports.

This is the second time this week that Davidson has been hit on the hand with a pitch and had to leave a spring training game.

February 27, 2020 01:48 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson (hand) will start at first base and bat seventh Thursday in the Reds' Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Davidson was removed from the Reds' Cactus League opener Sunday against the Giants after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but his early exit looks to have been mostly precautionary. After appearing as a reserve and logging two at-bats in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Angels, Davidson has now received the green light to re-enter the Reds' spring lineup.

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