As reported by C. Trent Rosecrans, outfielder Scott Schebler has been activated from the disabled list. He’ll take the roster spot of pitcher Scott Feldman, who was placed on the 10-day DL.
Schebler will return to an outfield that is quite a bit more crowded than it was when he left. Jesse Winker has played well in Schebler’s absence, and it’s pretty clear at this point that Winker is ready to stay in the big leagues. Phillip Ervin has also hit the ground running since returning to the Reds last week.
But Schebler still has plenty of upside, since he’s just 26 and possesses big-time power. As I noted the other day, when Schebler went out on a rehab assignment, Schebler was hitting .259/.338/.537 at the end of June, with 20 home runs. A miserable July — .136/.200/.284 — has dropped his overall numbers, but Schebler still has 23 home runs and he’s been a roughly league-average hitter over parts of three seasons in the majors.
Reds manager Bryan Price will have to get creative with playing time, because both Schebler and Winker need to get plenty of at-bats. Ervin is likely the odd-man out (but can he replace Billy Hamilton as the Reds center fielder?).
The news that Feldman will return to the disabled list, just one start after being activated, will surprise no one after he couldn’t throw anything but off-speed stuff last night (while surrendering five home runs to the Cubs). His knee — the same knee that sent him to the DL before — was still bothering him.
After the game, Feldman was clearly bummed:
“No question about it, I did not look like a major-league pitcher today,” Feldman said. “I’ve got to see how it goes the next few days. But I’m not really feeling too confident about it at the moment.”
This could be a disappointing finish to what had been a mostly successful season for Feldman. After signing with the Reds to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation (or as depth in the bullpen), Feldman was the only consistent member of a disastrous rotation for the first half of the season. It’s possible we’ve seen the last of Feldman in a Cincinnati uniform.