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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.

February 23, 2020 05:28 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Leaves after HBP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson exited Sunday's Cactus League game against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch on the hand, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Davidson hit a single in his only at-bat prior to being hit by the pitch. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but even if minor it wouldn't be surprising to see the 28-year-old held out of action for a couple days.

January 2, 2020 07:08 PM
Reds' Matt Davidson: Signs minor-league deal with Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday as a non-roster invitee, Mark Feinsand of reports.

After appearing in 244 major-league games over 2017 and 2018, Davidson spent all of last season with Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .264/.339/.527 with 33 home runs and 101 RBI over 125 games. He'll get to prove himself in the Reds' major-league camp, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the majors at some point in 2020 if he can perform well again at the Triple-A level.

March 19, 2019 07:20 PM
Rangers' Matt Davidson: Sent to minors camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Davidson was in camp as a two-way player, though he was ultimately fighting to break camp in a utility role. Manager Chris Woodward said the Rangers are more intrigued by Davidson as a hitter, so he'll primarily focus on his swing during his time with Triple-A Nashville, according to Grant. He hit .206/.325/.500 with three homers and a 3:14 BB:K in 15 Cactus League games (34 at-bats). There are currently no plans for Davidson to pitch in the minors.

March 16, 2019 11:48 AM
Rangers' Matt Davidson: Pitches sim game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson pitched in a simulated game Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Rangers plan to have him throw another sim game early next week before having him pitch in a minor-league game, as they've backed off on their plan to have him pitch in the Cactus League. In addition to dabbling as a pitcher, Davidson is competing with infielder Logan Forsythe for a utility infielder role.

March 14, 2019 12:16 PM
Rangers' Matt Davidson: Pitches again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson threw a second bullpen session Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

The Rangers anticipate the third baseman making at least two appearances in the Cactus League before the end of spring training. Manager Chris Woodward is serious about carrying eight relievers, which limits hitters off the bench. If Davidson can do a credible job as a reliever, he would effectively give the team a 26-man roster by serving as both a hitting and pitching option.

March 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Rangers' Matt Davidson: Throws live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson threw live batting practice Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Davidson is a corner infielder by trade, but the Rangers are auditioning him as a possible extra reliever. He made three appearances for the White Sox in 2018, delivering three scoreless innings. Three-fifths of the Rangers' projected starting rotation are returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, and manager Chris Woodward is considering carrying eight relievers early in case starters can't deep into games. If Davidson can be a credible arm out of the bullpen, that would allow Woodward to have seven traditional relievers while carrying a fourth backup position player.

February 2, 2019 12:08 PM
Rangers' Matt Davidson: Lands in Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Davidson talked about pursuing a two-way role with the White Sox before being non-tendered by the team in November, and it sounds as though the Rangers are interested in exploring that idea. The 27-year-old's .226/.295/.435 career line isn't good enough to earn regular at-bats for a player limited to the infield corners defensively, but if he can eat some innings out of the bullpen as well he'd likely deserve a roster spot. He's retired nine of the 11 batters he's faced in the big leagues thus far, though that sample is obviously far too small to conclude that he'll be a viable option on the mound.

November 30, 2018 04:08 PM
Matt Davidson: Cut loose by White Sox
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The White Sox will not tender Davidson a contract for 2019, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Davidson will hit the free-agent market after making $570,000 with Chicago this past season. Across 126 games, he hit .228/.319/.419 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI while spending time at first and third base in addition to the DH spot. Per James Fegan of The Athletic, Davidson was expected to talk with the organization about potentially taking on a pitching role, so that is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

September 24, 2018 03:17 PM
White Sox's Matt Davidson: Exploring two-way role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davidson will talk with the White Sox over the offseason to discuss whether a two-way role is a possibility, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

Davidson has been a mediocre designated hitter this season, posting a .236/.329/.436 slash line with 20 homers. He's also made three pitching appearances, throwing three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out a pair of batters while showing a 90 mph fastball, a changeup and a curve. The sample is far too small to conclude that Davidson is ready to be an effective pitcher, but if he's able to show that he can be used in low-leverage situations, it could at least help him stick on the roster. If the Sox do indeed elect to try Davidson in a two-way role, it could be the tiebreaker when deciding between him and another similarly uninspiring hitter in next year's fantasy drafts.

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