Schumaker has decided to retire from baseball.
He had been in Padres camp on a minor league deal, but obviously the writing was on the wall that he was ticketed for the minors, and Schumaker decided to just retire instead.
Schumaker received an invite to the Padres' major league spring training Wednesday.
The recently acquired Schumaker is one of two non-roster invitees in the Padres camp alongside prized prospect Hunter Renfroe. The veteran utility man appeared in 131 games with the Reds last season, slashing .242/.306/.336 to go with 51 strikeouts and 23 walks across 244 at-bats. His big league experience and versatility, as well as his left-handed bat, could give him a shot at landing a bench spot out of spring training.
The Padres signed Schumaker to a minor league contract Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Schumaker spent last season serving in a situational role, which translated to a .242/.306/.336 slash line, one homer, and two stolen bases in 244 at-bats across 131 games. After turning 36 years old last week, he's clearly in the twilight of his career, but the opportunity afforded by the Padres could result in an outfield depth role at the major league level at some point in 2016.
The Reds will give Billy Hamilton a rest Tuesday, as the speedy outfielder will sit for the contest against the Cubs and be replaced in the lineup by Skip Schumaker.
Schumaker will hit in the No. 8 slot in the lineup for the first time this year, and it will be just the third time in 15 games that the Reds have hit a position player, and not the pitcher, in the eight-hole.
Schumaker will play left field. He is hitting .213 with 6 RBIs in 66 appearances this season.
The Reds will shuffle the bottom of their lineup against the Mets on Saturday.
Outfielder Marlon Byrd will take over center field over Billy Hamilton and bat fifth in the lineup. Left fielder Skip Schumaker will hit sixth, taking over for Chris Dominguez who held the spot for Friday's game. Ivan De Jesus will replace Eugenio Suarez at the shortstop position while batting out of the seventh spot. Finally, Tucker Barnhart will replace Brayan Pena at the catcher spot and will hit from the eighth spot.
Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart received the nod to start in Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Barnhart is filling in for catcher Brayan Pena, who was in Saturday's starting lineup. Barnhart will bat in the seventh spot.
Skip Schumaker is starting in left field instead of Marlon Byrd.
Skip Schumaker will be at the top of the lineup when the Reds take on the Rockies on Wednesday.
Schumaker will be in the leadoff spot for just the third time this season.
Schumaker was called into Tuesday's game in a pinch-hit situation in the ninth inning. He doubled to left field and Marlon Byrd scored the game-winning run.
For the season, Schumaker is hitting .254 in 51 at-bats.
Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd will start at designated hitter in Sunday's interleague game at Cleveland. It's his first game at DH since August 13 of last year.
Skip Schumaker replaces Byrd in left for the second straight game. He'll bat second in the order.
The Reds play their first game of the season at an American League park on Saturday, and Skip Schumaker will be the team's first designated hitter of the year.
Schumaker will DH in the first game of a doubleheader, batting eighth in the lineup. He's also started two games in left field and one at second base this year.
Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton and Marlon Byrd are joining catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) on the bench for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Hamilton is getting a break after making 11 straight starts out of the leadoff spot, while Byrd has seen 11 straight starts in left field. It's just a regular day off for both players, who will get a two-day break due to the team's scheduled off-day Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Both Hamilton and Byrd are available if needed Sunday. With the pair out, Skip Schumaker will lead off and play left field, while Brennan Boesch will bat seventh and play center field.
Mesoraco hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since the first week of the season, as he's continued to rehab from a left hip impingement while remaining on the active roster.
The Reds are road favorites (-142) in Atlanta with Johnny Cueto on the mound.
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (groin) and Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Hamilton came out of Saturday's game with a groin strain. With the speedster out of the lineup, Skip Schumaker will lead off for the Reds Sunday night. Mesoraco hasn't played since last Sunday due to a hip injury, though he was expected to be available at some point this weekend. Tucker Barnhart will draw the start at catcher Sunday.
The Reds are heavy underdogs (+165) against the Cardinals in St. Louis Sunday.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's game against the Cubs with an undisclosed injury after attempting to reach second base, the team announced.
Phillips tried to reach second evasively around Starlin Castro, but the two collided and Phillips fell on top of him. Phillips stayed in for another half inning, but was replaced by Skip Schumaker. Phillips went 1 for 2 with a run scored before exiting.
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker knows at his age it's tough to expect a lot of innings. He's willing to concede innings in pursuit of another championship, reports MLB.com.
"My goal at this stage of my career is to win another ring," Schumaker said. "People say that but some people just want big numbers. Of course, I want to have success but there is nothing better than being the last man standing on the field -- nothing better in the world. I just hope that guys here experience that. … Once you taste that, you want it back. That's what I want. Helping guys get there is a good thing."
Schumaker hit .235 with two homeruns and 22 RBI in 83 games in 2014. He is not planning on having to start a lot of games this year.
"I expect that to happen. That means we are doing really good. That's what I'm hoping for," Schumaker said. "You don't want your bench guys starting 50-80 games. That means we've got problems, and injury problems."
The trade of Chris Heisey to the Dodgers hurts the outfield depth for the Reds, but general manager Walt Jocketty indicated Tuesday the team is still in the market to add an outfielder and feels a healthy Skip Schumaker will also provide depth, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"We think (Skip) Schumaker's going to be healthy and help us," Jocketty said. "We'll give him an opportunity. We may push some of our younger guys. But we'd still think we're going to add someone."
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker has undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in the shoulder and is out for the season.
Schumaker played only three games in September. He finishes the year with a stat line of .235/.287/.308 in 247 at-bats, his lowest total since 2007.
Winter had barely ended when Reds right fielder Skip Schumaker hit his last home run. That is, until Wednesday.
Schumaker slugged his first tater since April 7, a solo job in the fourth inning, and added two singles in a loss to Boston. His first three-hit game of the year sweetened his stat line to .244/.293/.327.
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker (concussion) was activated off the 7-day disabled list Sunday. Catcher Neftali Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a roster spot.
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker passed a concussion test Saturday according to MLB.com, but still has to be cleared by the league before he can return from the disabled list. It is unlikely he will be cleared in time for Saturday's game against the Yankees, but he could return for Sunday's series finale.
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker was eligible to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list Friday, but was unable to do so.
Schumaker told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was unable to pass a concussion test Thursday, and has not been cleared to return. He will take the test again Friday, putting his availability for the weekend series against the Yankees in doubt.
Reds outfielder Skip Schumaker has been placed on the seven-day disabled list Friday.
The club will call up Donald Lutz to take his place on the active roster. Schumaker is hitting .240 over 146 at-bats.
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