Jake Fraley out of the Reds since Monday

Sure, Jake Fraley didn’t perform well to start the 2022 season, but name one player on the Cincinnati Reds roster who did. Only Aramis Garcia, Alejo Lopez and Kyle Farmer are reaching over .250 this season.

Fraley hasn’t been in Cincinnati’s starting lineup since last Monday in San Diego and has only made one appearance since. The outfielder pinch hit Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

Although Fraley might be considered more of a pack hitter, it was a bit strange to see the 26-year-old out of the lineup against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson on Saturday. Fraley was also missing from the lineup Tuesday against Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove.

TJ Friedl was elevated to the big league roster last week after Tyler Naquin reached the injured list due to illness. David Bell immediately slotted Friedl atop the Cincinnati Reds batting order on Tuesday, and you won’t get any arguments from me with that move.

Given how badly the Reds have hit, I’d try pretty much anything at this point. But why play right-handed hitter Aristides Aquino in right field against Jake Fraley against right-hander Joe Musgrove?

Wednesday saw San Diego southpaw Mackenzie Gore on the bump and Friday’s tilt at Great American Ball Park was against southpaw Steven Matz. Considering Fraley’s .451 OPS against lefties, it made perfect sense to keep the former Seattle Mariner out of the roster.

But last night’s game saw Brandon Drury fill the designated hitter role while Colin Moran played third base. Fraley was once again the bench.

I know David Bell is trying everything he can to get someone from his club to re-throw the shot. I’m just surprised that Fraley has been out of training for almost a week.

With Adam Wainwright on the hill for St. Louis today, maybe Jake Fraley will be back in the Cincinnati Reds roster. At this point, whether there’s a left-hander or a right-hander on the mound for the opposition, Fraley should start with Aquino who now has a 52.5 percent strikeout rate.

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