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September 11, 2020 06:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Starts at second base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Dodgers.

The lefty-hitting VanMeter was called up Wednesday and immediately put to work Thursday against a right-hander. At-bats are available at second base after the Diamondbacks placed Ketel Marte (wrist) on the injured list. VanMeter plays multiple positions and could be moved around, like fellow utility player Josh Rojas, who also has experience at second base. Prior to joining Arizona, VanMeter batted .059 (2-for-34) over 14 games for the Reds.

September 9, 2020 10:36 PM
Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Receives big-league call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

VanMeter will join the Diamondbacks' active roster for the first time after being dealt from the Reds at the trade deadline. The 25-year-old should serve as utility depth after Ketel Marte (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

September 1, 2020 10:44 AM
Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Dealt to Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was traded from Cincinnati to Arizona along with Stuart Fairchild in exchange for Archie Bradley, Mark Sheldon of reports.

VanMeter was a fringe roster player with the Reds, but he could find at-bats in Arizona following the trade of Starling Marte that could lead to Ketel Marte getting the bulk of his starts in center field going forward. Andy Young, who is a similar player to VanMeter, bats right-handed while VanMeter is a lefty, so he could get playing time specifically against right-handed pitching. As things stand, the Diamondbacks would need to officially call up VanMeter from the alternate site.

August 22, 2020 09:28 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Returns to alternate camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was optioned to the Reds' alternate training site Saturday.

VanMeter appeared in eight games during his most recent stint on the 28-man roster, but he continued to struggle as he hit .091 with 11 strikeouts over 22 at-bats during that time. As a result, he'll get work at the alternate camp after outfielder Mark Payton was called up in a corresponding move.

August 11, 2020 11:36 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Recalled by Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was recalled by the Reds on Tuesday.

VanMeter was optioned Thursday but is back in the big leagues after a very brief absence. The utility man has accomplished very little so far this season, going hitless with seven strikeouts in 14 at-bats. Pedro Strop (groin) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.

August 6, 2020 12:08 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Sent down to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Reds optioned VanMeter to their alternate training site Thursday.

The Reds already had five left-handed hitters in their regular lineup, so VanMeter was rendered somewhat redundant as a lefty bench bat. He didn't help his case for sticking around by going hitless in his first 14 at-bats of the season while striking out seven times.

August 3, 2020 02:44 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Not in Monday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter is not in the lineup Monday against Cleveland.

Although the Reds line up against righty Zach Plesac on Monday, VanMeter will sit for the third time in the past four games. Christian Colon will start at first base Monday, batting eighth.

July 27, 2020 01:48 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Remains on bench Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

The Reds have an opening at second base after Mike Moustakas (illness) was moved to the COVID-19 injured list, and VanMeter is presumably viewed as the top replacement. However, the lefty-hitting VanMeter may end up settling into the strong side of a platoon at the position with the righty-hitting Kyle Farmer, who draws the nod at the keystone in Monday's series opener with southpaw Jon Lester starting for the Cubs.

July 21, 2020 04:36 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter will be on the Reds' Opening Day roster, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

VanMeter had seemed to have an inside track on a bench spot, but that role was confirmed by manager David Bell on Tuesday. The 25-year-old hit a respectable .237/.327/.408 while appearing at five different positions last year.

March 21, 2020 01:52 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Cleared from shin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter (shin) is feeling much better and is considered 100 percent healthy, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Whenever the Reds resume ramping up for the start of the season, the lower leg injury won't be an issue blocking VanMeter's quest for a roster spot.

March 19, 2020 09:12 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Anterior muscle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter's lower leg injury has been diagnosed as an anterior muscle strain, Mark Sheldon of reports.

VanMeter's roster status once the season begins was already up in the air before he suffered this injury during the last week of spring training. With the Reds dispersed and their Arizona facility closed, it might be difficult to get a progress report on him. He still could make the Opening Roster as the 26th man, given his positional flexibility.

March 8, 2020 03:40 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Out until at least Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter will be held out of Cactus League games through Wednesday's off day due to a lower leg injury, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The injury apparently started as shin splits and has been bothersome throughout spring training, and it finally forced him to exit Saturday's contest. VanMeter is competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster in a utility role, so any extended absence from spring games will be detrimental for his chances.

March 6, 2020 09:00 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Hoping for utility role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter is 6-for-13 so far in spring training and is hoping to convince the Reds to keep him on the Opening Day roster in a utility role, Jesse Borek of reports.

VanMeter slugged his way on to the Reds' 40-man roster last season, but struggled towards the end of the year. Now that they've acquired Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama, his path to playing time isn't obvious. It helps that he's versatile, having played left field, first base, second base and third base over the course of last season.

September 27, 2019 12:08 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Not starting Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

VanMeter has gone just 4-for-38 at the plate over his last 15 games. Phillip Ervin gets the start in left field in his absence.

September 25, 2019 12:16 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter (illness) returns to the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

VanMeter is set for his first game since Friday. He'll bat leadoff and play left field. He hadn't been playing particularly well prior to his battle with flu-like symptoms, hitting .118/.189/.294 over his previous 13 games.

September 24, 2019 12:16 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Sits again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter (illness) remains out Tuesday against the Brewers.

VanMeter has been battling flu-like symptoms since Saturday. Derek Dietrich gets the start in left field Tuesday.

September 22, 2019 10:32 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Still out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter (illness) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

A healthy VanMeter may have been held out Sunday anyway against left-hander Steven Matz, but the illness ensures he will not take the field Sunday for the second day in a row. With a team off day Monday, VanMeter will get an additional chance to rest before the Reds' next game Tuesday against the Brewers.

September 21, 2019 04:32 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Sent home with flu-like symptoms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was sent home Saturday with flu-like symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

We knew VanMeter was scratched from the lineup, and we now know that it's the flu bug, specifically. VanMeter was one of five Reds sent home and it sounds like most of the team has been sick since it left Seattle. The Mets are starting a lefty (Steven Matz) in the series finale, so don't expect VanMeter back in the lineup until next week.

September 21, 2019 01:20 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Scratched from lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Mets due to illness, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Phillip Ervin will replace VanMeter in left field and atop the batting order against right-hander Zack Wheeler. It's uncertain if VanMeter will be available off the bench.

September 18, 2019 03:08 PM
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Held out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

VanMeter is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

VanMeter will be held out with manager David Bell loading up on right-handed hitters against Cubs southpaw Jon Lester. With VanMeter on the bench, Alex Blandino will occupy the leadoff spot for the Reds on Wednesday night.

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