With Freddy Galvis fighting shoulder and quadriceps injuries, Farmer has been getting extra game reps at shortstop and has been giving the Reds more confidence in his ability to play the position, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds don't have a true backup shortstop, so every game that Farmer gets there is pretty important to the Reds, especially because Galvis isn't the most stable starter at the position to begin with.
Farmer started at shortstop Sunday against the White Sox and went 0-for-1 with a walk, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
There were reports earlier in spring that Farmer would get work at shortstop in the hope that he could fill a super-utility role for the club this season. With presumed starter Freddy Galvis (shoulder) currently sidelined, Farmer has the opportunity to gain experience at the position. He made a few plays during the first inning, catching a soft liner to his right and also successfully fielding a groundball hit by Tim Anderson.
Farmer will get some work at shortstop this spring, with the hope that he can fill a super-utility role this season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds are thin at shortstop this year -- behind Freddy Galvis they only have Farmer and Alex Blandino on the depth chart. It's debatable whether Farmer can handle the position, however.
The Reds activated Farmer (oblique) from the injured list Wednesday.
Farmer had been out over two weeks with his oblique injury, but he is ready to resume playing for the Reds. Farmer is not in the lineup Wednesday, but he could see a pinch-hit opportunity against a left-hander. Farmer could also log a start or two against a lefty the rest of the way, given his .876 OPS against southpaws this season.
Farmer was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain Wednesday.
The severity of the issue is not yet clear, but Farmer could be set to miss the rest of the season unless the issue is particularly mild. Farmer had been filling in for Eugenio Suarez (hand), a job which now appears to fall to Alex Blandino.
Farmer is starting at third base in place of Eugenio Suarez on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Suarez got hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday night and is still waiting for the swelling to go down so that the team can take X-rays.
Farmer went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 9-8 loss against the Pirates on Sunday.
Entering as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning, Farmer singled and then stayed in the game as part of a double switch. He homered in his next at-bat. Farmer is batting .253 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 20 runs and four steals in 150 at-bats this season.
Farmer has caught Alex Wood's last four starts, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He was college teammates with Wood and the two are best friends.
Those four starts have been Farmer's only starts behind the plate in the last month. "Normally, I'm not into having one catcher for one pitcher kind of thing, but it made sense for Kyle because we wanted to make him comfortable," manager David Bell said. "He had the concussion. Just to kind of make him as comfortable as we could, just let him focus on one guy. That was the thought. We might get away from that, but for now, it's worked out."
Farmer (concussion) was activated off the 7-day injured list Sunday.
Farmer had a two-game rehab stint in the minors this week to clear the way for his return from the concussion. The 28-year-old should resume his role as a utility player and will serve as the backup catcher to Tucker Barnhart with Curt Casali (knee) still on the shelf.
Farmer (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Dayton on Thursday.
Farmer, who has been sidelined for a little more than a week with a concussion, has received the green light to begin the final stage of his recovery process after meeting with a doctor Thursday. The Reds have yet to specify how many rehab games Farmer will need to appear in before being cleared to return.
Farmer (concussion) will be re-evaluated by a doctor within the next couple of days before the Reds decide on his next step, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
One of three Cincinnati catchers on the injured list, Farmer looks to be further behind Tucker Barnhart (oblique) in his recovery but ahead of Curt Casali (knee). The concussion has kept Farmer on the shelf for just over a week, but he's believed to have made progress in his recovery in recent days. He'll likely be subjected to a battery of tests during his re-evaluation and could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend if the doctor determines the 28-year-old is no longer exhibiting any signs of the concussion.
Farmer (concussion) was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday.
Farmer suffered the injury after taking a ball off his mask during Tuesday's game against the Cubs. According to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the utility man said he was feeling better Thursday, though the concussion was fairly severe, so the Reds figure to proceed cautiously with him. Juan Graterol and Ryan Lavarnway should handle catching duties while Farmer, Tucker Barnhart (oblique) and Curt Casali (knee) are all on the shelf.
Farmer will be re-evaluated for a concussion, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This helps explain why Farmer was removed from Wednesday's lineup. With Curt Casali (knee) and Tucker Barnhart (oblique) also both on the mend, look for Juan Graterol to serve as Cincinnati's primary backstop for the time being.
Farmer is situated on the bench Wednesday against the Cubs, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Farmer was originally tabbed to start before being removed from the lineup in favor of Juan Graterol, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. In 122 plate appearances this season, Farmer is slashing .237/.279/.430 with six home runs and four stolen bases.
Farmer got his first start at catcher on Tuesday night, going 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He received passing marks for his defense and pitch-calling, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
There was some concern about Farmer's game-calling given his absence from catching, but he did well. "He looked really good," Reds manager David Bell said. "If I wasn't intentional about watching him close, I wouldn't have noticed him back there in a good way. He looked like a Major League catcher. I thought he did a good job of receiving. He handled the game. He had a good presence back there. He called a good game. He did everything. We were confident going in, having gotten him through a game, we feel even better now."
Farmer will serve as the Reds' No. 2 catcher while Tucker Barnhart is out, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "To his credit, even though he hasn't caught during the season, he's worked very hard to stay on top of his catching skills," manager David Bell said. "[Coach] J.R. [House] has done a good job of keeping him ready."
Farmer hasn't caught in a game so far this season, but he has some big league experience behind the plate. "Extra-inning games, some blowout games I'd catch in the later innings. This is the first time I might be able to start a game at catcher, which is pretty cool," Farmer said. "I sat down with Tucker and Curt [Casali] today, I hadn't done a scouting report all year until today. That's another thing I have to get used to. It's just watching the game more in depth, watching how Curt calls a game and seeing the history of Tucker calling games, that's the biggest thing. And just getting my legs back into shape."
Farmer is in Tuesday's starting lineup for the Reds against the Cardinals, playing second base and batting seventh. He's hitting .222/.269/.472 on the season.
Reds manager David Bell has taken to using Farmer at second base when they are facing a left-handed starter, as they are Tuesday in the form of Genesis Cabrera.
Farmer will start at first base and bat eighth Thursday against the Athletics.
Farmer will stick in the lineup for the fourth straight game while starting at his third different position. The 28-year-old has been aided by the Reds having an extra lineup spot for the past three days with the designated hitter available in Oakland, but he'll be at risk of falling into a reserve role on a more regular basis once the Reds resume National League play in San Francisco this weekend.
Farmer hit a pinch-hit homer in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
The homer was Farmer's fifth of the year and second in three days. It was also his first pinch-hit blast, which is important as many of his chances in the future are going to come as a pinch hitter.
Farmer went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk against the Padres on Sunday.
Farmer took southpaw Brad Wieck deep in the seventh inning for his third home run of the season after drawing the start at first base. Though he's had limited playing time, Farmer has shown he's capable of hitting for some power, as he is slugging .542 across 24 at-bats. However, with both Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali ahead of him on the catching depth chart, Farmer's at-bats figure to only dry up further once Joey Votto (back) returns to the lineup.
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