Farmer is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
With Mike Moustakas recently missing time due to an illness and with Jonathan India (undisclosed) having been moved to the 10-day injured list earlier this weekend, Farmer has benefited from an uptick in work. He drew starts in the infield in four of the past five games, going 4-for-12 while reaching base at a .429 clip over that span. Though Farmer looks like the Reds' top utility infielder, he may not get the chance to play regularly at the keystone while India remains out. Nick Senzel will pick up his second start of the season at second base, and he could eventually settle in as the Reds' primary option at the position if manager David Bell wants to trot out his most potent lineup.
Farmer is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Alex Blandino will take over at third base in place of Farmer, who had started seven of the last eight games at the position. Farmer's run of regular reps could soon be coming to an end, as Mike Moustakas (illness) may end up being sidelined for the minimum 10 days on injured list after he was spotted taking part in infield drills Sunday.
Farmer will start at third base and bat eighth Thursday against the Diamondbacks, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old looked like he would be headed back to a bench role after Mike Moustakas was initially cleared to return from a three-game absence ahead of Tuesday's series opener, but the Reds later scratched Moustakas from the lineup and placed him on the 10-day injured list with a non-COVID-19 illness. With Moustakas out of the picture in the short term, Farmer should be a fixture in the starting nine at the hot corner, just as he has been in the past five games. Farmer has thus far contributed three hits -- including a home run -- in 14 at-bats since stepping into the everyday lineup.
Farmer is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Farmer had started at third base in place of Mike Moustakas (illness) in each of the last three games, going 1-for-6 with three walks and a run scored during that time. Moustakas is healthy again following Monday's off day, so Farmer will move back into a bench role for Cincinnati.
With Mike Moustakas out with an illness, Farmer started at third base Friday and got on-base three times. He's getting another start Saturday, batting eighth.
Farmer had a single, walk and got hit by a pitch in four plate appearances. Saturday will mark his fourth start of the season. So far he's hitting .176/.300/.235 in 20 plate appearances.
Farmer picked up his first start of the season Wednesday against the Pirates, going 1-for-4 with a two-run double.
Farmer was giving Eugenio Suarez a day off at shortstop before the Reds' travel day. Suarez's defense has been shaky at times so far, but the Reds still appear committed to playing him there, especially while they're getting such great returns from Jonathan India at second base.
The Reds informed Farmer on Sunday that he secured a spot on the Opening Day roster, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
With experience at every spot in the infield and the ability to step in as a No. 3 catcher if needed, Farmer's versatility was likely the main reason he was able to win a roster spot. The Reds are unlikely to count on Farmer to fill an everyday role for an extended period at any point this season, however, given his meager career .242/.297/.370 slash line.
Farmer lost 10 pounds and worked on a swing change this offseason, modeling his swing off of Christian Yelich's swing, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Farmer is in contention for the Reds' starting shortstop role, and at the very least projects to start against left-handers, but he's at least a small favorite to win the job outright.
Farmer is batting leadoff and playing shortstop in the Reds' spring training opener.
The Reds didn't get sign or trade for a full-time major league shortstop this offseason, adding only Dee Strange-Gordon and Rule 5 pick Kyle Holder as contenders to Farmer and Jose Garcia for the starting shortstop job. The Reds would prefer to have Garcia begin the season in the minors, but they hope he's their long-term option at the position.
Farmer agreed to a one-year deal with the Reds on Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
He was non-tendered by the Reds and then just minutes later it was announced that the two sides had already agreed on a new deal. Farmer doesn't do much damage at the plate, but he can play almost every position on the field, and it's that defensive versatility that appealed to the Reds.
Farmer was non-tendered by the Reds on Wednesday.
A jack of all trades but master of none, Farmer saw time at five different positions last year for Cincinnati, but he logged a wRC+ under 77 for the fourth straight season. He will attempt to catch on elsewhere as a super utility player.
Farmer started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Milwaukee.
The shortstop spot has been a black hole in the Cincinnati lineup for much of September, so manager David Bell opted to give Farmer a look at the position in the hope he might provide a spark. The move didn't pay off, with the hitless showing dropping Farmer's season-long average to .259. Farmer will retreat to his normal bench role in the series finale with the Brewers on Wednesday while Freddy Galvis starts at shortstop.
Farmer is in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's game against the Brewers, batting eighth and playing shortstop.
Farmer sat in Game 1, but will take the place of Jose Garcia for the second half of the twin bill.
Farmer went 3-for-3 in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals.
The Reds were only able to muster six baserunners (four hits, two walks) against Kwang-Hyun Kim and the Cardinals' bullpen, and Farmer accounted for exactly half of them. All three of Farmer's hits were singles. The utility man is hitting .294/.351/.353 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base through 37 plate appearances this season.
Farmer is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Farmer had started five of the past six games at either middle-infield spot, but he'll take a seat in the series opener while Josh VanMeter gets a look at the keystone. Regular second baseman Mike Moustakas (quadriceps) remains on the injured list and is without a clear timeline for a return, so Farmer should have the chance to see the bulk of the starts at the position so long as he performs reasonably well offensively.
Farmer is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Farmer will retreat to the bench after making three consecutive starts in the middle infield, allowing Christian Colon and Freddy Galvis to pick up starts at the keystone and shortstop, respectively. With Mike Moustakas (quadriceps) moving to the 10-day injured list Sunday, Farmer looks like he could be in store for more regular action at second base, which could make him worthy of a pickup in NL-only leagues.
Farmer will be a part of the Reds' Opening Day roster, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The versatile player will be both the Reds' third catcher and a utility infielder; he appeared behind the plate and at all four infield spots last season. His versatility is his primary calling card, as he hasn't done much with his bat in his first 294 career plate appearances, hitting just .236/.289/.384.
The Reds have been impressed with Farmer's defense at shortstop in team workouts and scrimmages, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Farmer is making a case to be Freddy Galvis's backup, as the Reds still don't have a true shortstop behind him. "He's a unique athlete in that he can play the two most important positions, demanding from an athletic standpoint and skill standpoint," manager David Bell said. "Not many people fall into that category. We knew that, but I don't think I gave it enough thought to truly see how good he was at that position. He made great points, and it opened my eyes. He's showed it in this camp. He can really play there. He knew that, and maybe other people knew that."
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.
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|05/02||vs CHC||W 13-12||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||vs CHC||L 2-3||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/30||vs CHC||W 8-6||2||1||1||0||0||0||0|
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|2018||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||79||288||37||83||24||1||7||36||17||50||1||1||.288||.333||.451|