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August 13, 2020 12:24 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Homer, steal against Royals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.

With multiple hits in five of his last six games, Winker has raised average nearly 200 points to .333. He's 11-for-his-last-17 and has five extra-base hits in that span, including his first three homers of 2020. It's also worth noting that Winker has started against each of the last three lefties the Reds have faced, so it seems he's finally getting a chance to establish himself as an everyday player.

August 10, 2020 04:52 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Connects for first home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Brewers.

Batting fifth as the DH, Winker drove in two runs on a single in the first inning and followed up with his first long ball in the fourth. Winker started against opposing lefties Eric Lauer and Brett Anderson on Friday and Saturday, something he did on only seven occasions last season. He's one of the few Reds batting above .240 and should at least remain a fixture against right-handed pitching.

August 7, 2020 12:48 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Turns in first multi-hit game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in Thursday's 13-0 loss to Cleveland.

Winker was rung up on a bad called third strike in the sixth inning and it looked like he might have been ejected by the home-plate umpire, but only manager David Bell was tossed from the game. By sticking around, Winker was able to notch his first multi-hit game of the season; he accounted for two of the team's three total hits. We'll see if this showing earns Winker his first start of the season against a lefty, either Friday against Eric Lauer or Saturday against Brett Anderson.

July 27, 2020 01:56 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Out against lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

Winker will sit for the second time in four days with the Cubs bringing a southpaw (Jon Lester) to the hill. Christian Colon will take over as the Reds' designated hitter in place of Winker, who went 1-for-8 with a walk in the team's season-opening series with the Tigers.

July 24, 2020 08:12 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Sits against southpaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker is not in the lineup for Friday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

With southpaw Matthew Boyd starting for Detroit, the Reds will go with a heavily right-handed lineup, sitting both Winker and Shogo Akiyama, with righties Phillip Ervin and Matt Davidson starting at left field and designated hitter, respectively. Winker owns a career 137 wRC+ against righties compared to a 52 wRC+ against lefties, so expect him to continue to be platooned heavily this season.

July 10, 2020 03:12 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Improving footwork
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker spent much of the shutdown in Cincinnati working on improving his footwork, in the hopes of bettering his defensive skills, Mark Sheldon of reports. "I was taking fly balls from DB and I just ran a ton," Winker said. "I think that was the best way to stay in shape for me, personally. Everything else -- throwing and hitting -- I've always trusted that would be there when it's time to go do that. Keeping my body in shape throughout this quarantine was my No. 1 priority."

This is a variation on the "best shape of his life" report, but there's come confirmation from the team that Winker is in better physical shape than he was last season. He'll spend some time in the outfield, and some as the DH.

June 25, 2020 11:52 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Potential DH beneficiary
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker has another avenue for playing time with the implementation of the universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Neither Winker nor Nick Castellanos are considered good defensive outfielders, but both have sufficiently productive bats to try to get them in the lineup more often. They are probably the two outfielders most likely to slot in as the DH. Winker still might sit frequently against left-handed pitching, however -- in 147 major-league plate appearances against lefties, Winker has hit .176/.295/.248 with only two homers.

March 6, 2020 10:24 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Returns from illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (illness) is batting second as the designated hitter in Friday's Cactus League game against the A's.

The 26-year-old was expected to serve as the designated hitter for Wednesday's contest before being scratched with the ailment, but he'll slot back into that role for Friday's matchup. Winker had an .830 OPS in 113 games last season and is competing for time in Cincinnati's crowded outfield following the offseason acquisitions of Nick Castellanos, Shogo Akiyama and Travis Jankowski (hamstring).

March 4, 2020 01:40 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Out Wednesday with illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker won't play Wednesday in the Reds' 'B' game against the White Sox due to an illness, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Per Andy Masur of 720 WGN Chicago, Winker had been scheduled to serve as the Reds' designated hitter and leadoff man Wednesday before the ailment thwarted the plan. He'll likely only need a couple days off to recover from the illness.

February 28, 2020 09:24 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (wrist) is in the lineup for Friday's spring game against the A's, according to

Winker has not played since being hit by a pitch on the wrist Sunday, but he is ready to get back on the field after a few days of rest and recovery. Winker will be limited to DH duty Friday, but his presence in the lineup confirms he is not dealing with any sort of serious injury.

February 24, 2020 11:00 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Avoids major injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker said Monday that his wrist felt fine and that his X-rays came back negative, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Winker exited Sunday's Cactus League game after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist during the first inning, but the injury doesn't appear to be too severe. He had a bruise on his wrist, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to a full workload in the coming days.

February 23, 2020 03:36 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Exits after HBP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker exited Sunday's Cactus League game against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist during the first inning, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Winker was immediately replaced by a pinch runner, though he indicated he was fine after exiting the contest. Regardless, it's worth keeping an eye on his availability in the coming days with spring training just getting started this weekend.

February 22, 2020 04:00 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Starting spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (neck) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's spring opener against the White Sox, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Winker has been sidelined since late August due to a cervical strain, but he'll be ready to return to action for the Reds on Sunday. The 26-year-old saw consistent playing time in Cincinnati last season prior to his injury, but he could face competition heading into 2020 after the Reds acquired Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama during the offseason.

January 28, 2020 01:56 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Heavy outfield competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (neck) could face significant competition for playing time this season, following the Reds' signings of Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama.

Right now Winker has to both prove that he's healthy and then beat out Akiyama or Nick Senzel for playing time, not to mention Aristides Aquino. At best, a platoon role seems most likely absent a trade and/or an injury.

August 29, 2019 11:12 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Progressing slowly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (neck) returned to Cincinnati on Wednesday to receive additional treatment for his cervical strain, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Winker was rehabbing with the team during the current road trip but returned to Cincinnati due to his slow progress. The 26-year-old didn't suffer a setback, but manager David Bell noted Winker wasn't responding to treatment as quickly as hoped.

August 22, 2019 07:52 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Heads to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to a cervical strain, retroactive to Monday.

Winker has been out of the starting lineup since Aug. 15, so the Reds have elected to place him on the injured list. It's unclear if he'll be able to return after the 10-day minimum, but he'll be eligible to be activated beginning Aug. 29.

August 21, 2019 11:24 AM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Not starting again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (back) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

The Reds are facing a lefty starting pitcher (Matt Strahm) in the series finale and Winker is still tending to upper-back tightness, so his continued absence from the lineup isn't overly surprising. Winker will stick on the bench for the seventh game in a row while Phillip Ervin picks up a start in left field, though he'll be available off the bench and is expected to avoid a trip to the IL, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

August 20, 2019 01:44 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Still out with back issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (back) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

He appeared as a pinch hitter Sunday, but has not been in the lineup since Aug. 14. With the Reds facing a righty (Cal Quantrill), Winker's back is clearly the reason for his continued absence. Brian O'Grady is starting in left field and hitting eighth.

August 19, 2019 11:00 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Still bothered by back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker was unavailable for Monday's game against San Diego due to back soreness, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Winker managed to enter Sunday's matchup as a pinch hitter, so while it appeared possible that his absence from Monday's lineup was due to a lefty taking the mound for the opposition, the Reds revealed after the contest that Winker is still being bothered by a sore back. He'll likely be re-evaluated prior to Tuesday's game to determine his availability moving forward.

August 19, 2019 01:40 PM
Reds' Jesse Winker: Remains out of lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winker (back) is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.

Though Winker will be on the bench for a fifth straight game, the Reds were satisfied enough with the condition of his back to deploy him as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals. Winker walked in his lone plate appearance and didn't stay in the game for the subsequent half inning, but it's not believed that he suffered a setback in his first game action since Aug. 14. Instead, Winker's continued absence from the lineup for Monday's series opener is most likely result of the Padres bringing a lefty (Eric Lauer) to the hill.

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