The Cincinnati Reds have optioned Josh VanMeter to Triple-A Louisville. The move to fill his spot on the 25-man roster will be announced Friday when the Reds begin the second half of their season.
For Josh VanMeter it’s another back-and-forth. After destroying the International League in April, the Reds called him up for a utility role in early May and kept him on the roster until June 19th. For the most part he was used as a pinch hitter, though he did get a handful of starts. In 28 games he only managed 49 plate appearances. While the hits didn’t come, he hit just .220 in that span, he got on base plenty. He walked six times and was hit by two pitches on top of that, giving him a .347 on-base percentage.
Over the next two weeks he went back to Triple-A, and he went back to killing the baseball with regular playing time. In his 14 games back with the Bats he hit .393/.443/.589 with eight doubles and a home run. The Reds called him back up on America’s birthday. He played in both games against the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, going 1-4 with a double and an RBI. With the All-Star break, he remained on the roster until today – accruing a little bit of service time and big league pay.
What the roster move for Friday could be is up in the air. Amir Garrett won’t be eligible to return from the injured list until the weekend. Maybe it’s a spot for Wandy Peralta who could come off of the injured list – but he has only pitched in one game on his rehab stint. Maybe it’s not for someone coming off of the injured list, though. We’ll have to wait and see what the Reds do, but it will likely be a short term move as both Peralta and Garrett should be back very soon.