“I’m super happy,” Gennett said. “I’m super excited. It’s been a while. I don’t want to say it’s been a rough two, three months, but it’s been challenging seeing my guys out there and playing and not being able to contribute.”
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Gennett suffered the injury in spring training. The Reds moved Jose Peraza from shortstop to Gennett’s spot at second base and started Jose Iglesias at shortstop. Then Derek Dietrich emerged. He leads the team with 18 home runs and has started 36 games at second base.
With Gennett returning to the lineup, manager David Bell’s challenge will be finding playing time for everyone. The lineup Friday did not include Dietrich or Peraza.
“First of all, what Derek did while Scooter was out, he contributed a lot to where we are right now,” Bell said. “It was tough losing Scooter, but we wouldn’t be in the position we are right now without what Derek has done. The great thing for Derek is he can play multiple positions. We’ve seen all year we’re able to mix and match and get guys in there and keep us sharp. He’s going to continue to get playing time.”
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The return of Gennett coincides with the loss of catcher Tucker Barnhart, who went on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. That’s an injury that has plagued the Reds in recent years. Anthony DeSclafani battled it early in 2018 and didn’t pitch until June 5.
Bell expects Barnhart to miss significant time but didn’t have an exact timetable. Barnhart suffered the injury swinging in the batting cage.
“I was just doing my normal routine to get ready for the game on Wednesday, and I felt it pretty good. I’ve taken five years to go on the (injured list). It was a pretty good run.”