Ervin will hit leadoff in Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
Regular center fielder Billy Hamilton returned to action Friday after an absence of more than two weeks, but manager Bryan Price wants to ease him back into the fold, so Hamilton will open on the bench while Ervin gets the start in center field Saturday.
Ervin went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during Thursday's loss to St. Louis.
With just eight starts for the season and only 42 at-bats through 19 games since mid-August, Ervin isn't a viable fantasy asset in most settings. It's worth noting that he's posted an impressive .941 OPS during that 19-game stretch, though. Despite his first-round pedigree, the jury is still out on whether Ervin can live up to his potential. He posted a discouraging .709 OPS through 99 games with Triple-A Louisville, after all.
Ervin is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
He has been playing regularly since Billy Hamilton (thumb) hit the shelf, but that window of opportunity may be closed for now. Jesse Winker (hip) is back and will slot in as the right fielder Tuesday, pushing Scott Schebler to center. Ervin will likely still see chances against opposing lefties.
Ervin will bat atop the order and start in center field Wednesday against the Mets.
This marks the first game in Ervin's big-league career that he will bat leadoff. The 25-year-old rejoined the club from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, and has only recorded 11 at-bats with the Reds this season. In those brief opportunities, Ervin has collected five hits, two of which resulted in home runs. During 98 games with Louisville in 2017, he's hitting .256/.328/.380 with seven home runs, 40 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Two days after he was sent packing, Ervin has rejoined the Reds, replacing Jesse Winker (hip) on the active roster. Ervin nearly hit for the cycle in a game with Cincinnati earlier this month, but his numbers over a larger body of work with Louisville leave quite a bit to be desired. He figures to see only occasional starts against lefties while up, and Ervin may very well be just a fourth outfielder long term.
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