Kemp leaves the lineup with a .200 average in 20 games. He was 7-for-25 on the nine-game road trip the Reds finished Sunday and had hit safely in nine of his last 13 appearances (11-for-40, .275).
“We feel for him,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He did everything he could to make that play. No wonder he had to come out of the game, he was in a lot of pain. He did everything he could to stay in there. It was just a great effort. It’s part of the game, I guess, but it doesn’t make it any easier. He’s a big part of our team. It’s difficult to lose him for any period of time. Hopefully, he’s back out there soon.”
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Bell said Kemp could miss a few weeks but said, “I never like to limit guys. Hearing Matt talk a little bit, I know he’s already thinking how quick he can get back out there.”
The Reds promoted outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville to take Kemp’s spot on the roster. Ervin hit .224 in 12 games for the Bats.
Ervin appeared in two games for the Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals in Monterrey, Mexico, and was 1-for-2 with a triple. He debuted for the Reds in 2017 and appeared in 78 games last season.
“Phillip has been a part of this team in the past,” Bell said. “I got a great look at him this spring. He had a great spring. He’s been doing well in Triple-A. He’ll certainly get the opportunity to contribute this team.”
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In other Reds injury news, Joey Votto returned to the lineup Tuesday, batting lead-off, after missing two games with back pain. He got a three-day break because the Reds didn’t play Monday after returning from San Diego.
“He’s better,” Bell said. “That was a relief. To keep him out of the lineup was significant, but he made a very quick recovery.”
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