With Devin Mesoraco dealing with a small hip injury, but one that isn’t going to place him on the disabled list the Cincinnati Reds needed to make a move to bring up Kyle Skipworth so the team had a backup catcher to Brayan Pena for the time being. That meant that Chris Dominguez went down to Louisville to make room for Skipworth. When Mesoraco comes back the team will assuredly sent Skipworth to the minors and need another player for their bench.

They won’t be able to recall Chris Dominguez unless Mesoraco is actually hitting the disabled list, so the team will need to recall someone else. My suggestion is that they make the move that I suggested they make as spring training wound down and to bring up infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. He led the Reds in OPS in spring training where he hit .400/.475/.600 with five walks and four strikeouts. The Cincinnati bench right now could use a hitter who has an ounce of patience and understanding of the strikezone.

In six games with Louisville so far, De Jesus is hitting .474/.545/.632 with three doubles, three walks and two strikeouts. His bat has carried over from spring and while he clearly isn’t a .400 hitter, he’s got the things you want to see from a bench bat. He understands the strikezone, he makes contact at a high rate and he gets on base. He’s not a power hitter, so he won’t bring that part to the bench, but extending innings is quite important.

On the defensive side of things he fits a bench well. He can play all around the infield and has already turned in several defensive highlight plays at third base. While De Jesus has spent time only at third and first this season, but he’s fully capable of playing shortstop or second base as well.

With Kristopher Negron also on the roster, the two players share a bit of the middle infield role on the bench, but his bat and defensive abilities both would improve the bench. He’s not on the 40-man roster, so there would need to be another roster move. Whether the team would try to pass Skipworth through waivers or go another route is unknown, but it seems like this could be the best option for the Reds moving forward.

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