Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
After struggling following a midseason trade to the Braves in 2018, Duvall picked up where he left off this spring, hitting just .171/.306/.317 through 19 Grapefruit League games. As such, Atlanta opted to send the 30-year-old to the minors to open the season, leaving Matt Joyce, Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo to compete for work as the team's fourth outfielder.
Duvall's roster status is "tenuous at best," David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Duvall struggled mightily following a midseason trade to Atlanta in 2018, and he's done little this spring to suggest he'll turn things around in 2019. As such, it sounds like the Braves won't hesitate to release the outfielder if a better option comes along. Should Atlanta stick with Duvall, he'll be limited to a bench role, seeing most of his opportunities against left-handed pitching.
Duvall went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.
The first blast came against Dan Straily, so the veteran outfielder wasn't just feasting on minor-league pitching. Duvall is set to begin the season on the bench for the Braves, primarily spelling Nick Markakis in left field against LHP and seeing DH at-bats during interleague play, so while he still has some pop, his fantasy value will mainly come as a DFS option.
Duvall is hitless (0-for-5) through his first three appearances this spring.
Duvall has yet to get things going this spring, continuing a trend that dates back to his arrival in Atlanta last July. The outfielder hit just .132/.193/.151 in 57 plate appearances for the Braves following a trade from Cincinnati. The Braves brought back Nick Markakis, pushing Duvall back to a bench role heading into the season.
Duvall and the Braves reached agreement on a one-year, $2.875 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Duvall did not play a major role in Atlanta following a late-July trade from Cincinnati, starting very infrequently and hitting just .132/.193/.151 in 57 plate appearances for his new team. He currently lines up as the Braves' primary left fielder, though the team could bring back Nick Markakis or sign another outfielder to move Duvall back to a bench role, which probably fits him best.
Duvall was traded from the Reds to the Braves on Monday in exchange for Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler and Preston Tucker.
Duvall will head to a contending team after hitting .205 with 15 homers and 61 RBI through 105 games for Cincinnati so far this season. He'll likely serve as the No. 4 outfielder, profiling as a much-needed right-handed power bat off the bench, although he could also draw starts in left field against left-handed pitching, which would allow Ronald Acuna to shift to center and send Ender Inciarte to the bench, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Duvall went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Cardinals.
It was his 15th homer of the season but only his third in July, and Duvall is hitting just .203 (13-for-64) on the month. Power numbers aside it's been a rough season overall for the 29-year-old, but with Jesse Winker now dealing with a shoulder issue, Duvall could get consistent at-bats in a short term as he tries to shake off his malaise at the plate.
Duvall is out of the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Duvall will take a seat following three straight starts as Jesse Winker, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler man the outfield. Across 31 games since the beginning of June, Duvall is hitting .247 with a .707 OPS.
Duvall is not in the lineup against the White Sox on Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Duvall will get the day off while Jesse Winker draws a start in left field during the series opener. Over 83 games this year, Duvall is hitting .204/.289/.396 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
Duvall is not in the lineup against the Brewers on Friday.
Duvall will take a seat following three straight starts, including an 0-for-4 showing with a pair of strikeouts during Thursday's series opener. With right-hander Chase Anderson on the mound, Jesse Winker will man left field and bat sixth.
Duvall is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves.
Duvall is riding a six-game hitting streak, but with him also hitting just .185 against right-handers this season, he will be held out Monday against stingy righty Mike Foltynewicz. Jesse Winker will man left field for the Reds in Duvall's place.
Duvall is not starting Wednesday against the Tigers.
Despite going 3-for-4 with a walk and a pair of run-scoring doubles in Tuesday's series-opening win, Duvall will hit the bench for Wednesday's series finale. Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler will man the corner-outfield spots in this one.
Duvall is starting at first base Tuesday night in the Reds' game against the Royals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds are taking advantage of interleague play to give Joey Votto a day at DH, allowing all four of the Reds' outfielders a chance to be in the field, and Duvall is the only one of the four with first base experience.
Duvall is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.
Duvall will find himself on the bench for the third time in the past five games as the Reds close out their weekend series against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals. Duvall is hitting .238 with a 1:7 BB:K rate in 21 June at-bats and will give way to Jesse Winker in left field in the series finale.
Duvall is out of the lineup against Colorado on Wednesday.
Duvall will hit the pine while Jesse Winker gets another start in the outfield with right-hander Jon Gray on the mound for the Rockies. Over the course of 60 games this year, Duvall is hitting .183/.266/.387 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
Duvall is out of Friday's lineup against the Padres.
He will head to the bench against righty Walker Lockett, with Jesse Winker starting in left field and leading off. Duvall is hitting .182/.238/.356 with five home runs and 41 strikeouts in 132 at-bats against righties this season.
Duvall went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
The homer was a pivotal one, as it erased a 4-0 deficit in the eventual 7-4 victory for Cincinnati. The power and run production are still there, as his 10 homers and 32 RBI put him about on line for another 30-home run, 100-RBI campaign, but he's been struggling otherwise. The 29-year-old is striking out at a 27 percent clip and is slashing just .181/.270/.401.
Duvall is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rockies.
Duvall is hitless in his last 19 at-bats and will be given the afternoon off against German Marquez and the Rockies. The left fielder will look to reset prior to Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. Jesse Winker draws the start in his stead.
Duvall is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
Duvall has eight strikeouts in 12 at-bats over his last three starts as his season-long struggles continue, with his slash line now at .177/.276/.399 in 181 plate appearances. Jesse Winker will once again start in left field and bat leadoff for Cincinnati.
Duvall is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
Duvall is hitting just .183 on the season, though his nine homers have salvaged some of his fantasy value. His batting average has been hit hard by his .194 BABIP, though there's little reason to believe he deserves such a low figure. His hard contact rate is up to 40.2 percent after sitting at 31.8 percent for his career, and his groundball and flyball rates have hardly changed. He'll never be a high batting average guy, but his expected average sits at .243 according to Statcast, so there's reason to believe he'll turn things around. Jesse Winker starts in left field Wednesday.
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