Dilson Herrera, the main piece that the Cincinnati Reds got back in the Jay Bruce trade with the New York Mets returns to the Triple-A Louisville Bats lineup tonight. It’s the first time he’s played since Thursday night when he was removed from the game after a strikeout in his second plate appearance.

No one really seemed to know why he hadn’t played since. Manager Delino DeShields wouldn’t expand on it beyond he was being given some rest. This morning Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer had this:

Sore is an interesting way to skate around whatever happened. What exactly was sore? Was he sore from something that happened on the field? Was he sore because he slept funny and his neck/back/shoulder/whatever just wasn’t feeling right? Was he sore when he was acquired from the Mets? Was it his medical records that caused the delay in the trade, and the deal was reworked to include Max Wotell instead of a lesser prospect?

I have no clue about any of those things, but it’s a bit strange how all of that played out over the last few days. Regardless of all of that, Dilson Herrera is back in the lineup tonight for Louisville. He’s slotted in the 6-hole in the lineup and is the designated hitter. I’m imagining that whatever it was that was sore, still isn’t 100% or he’d be suiting up as the second baseman tonight instead of the designated hitter role.

Alfredo Rodriguez also returned today

Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the elbow just over two weeks ago. He hadn’t played since. The Reds wanted to take it slow with his comeback from it, though nothing was broken, the pitch did seem to get him quite well though if it kept him out for so long.

He was back in the lineup for the Dominican Summer League Reds this morning, going 2-5 with an RBI, two steals and a strikeout. There are only 17 games left this season for the DSL Reds, so it’s good to see him back in the lineup and hopefully he will be playing every day down there the rest of the season, or make his way stateside and join one of those teams to finish out his season.

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