Schumaker making the most of his time with the Bats

04/29/2014 10:49 AM

Major leaguer Skip Schumaker started a rehab assignment with the Bats Monday night after completing a weekend stint at Arizona for extended spring training.

Schumaker, who has been on the DL since dislocating his left shoulder in a spring training game back in March, made his debut on Monday in Buffalo and looked like he hasn’t missed a beat going 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI.

“He’s following the exact protocol we set collectively,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We wanted Skip to have a lot of influence on how the schedule was set because no one knows where he’s at better than he does. I think he got 18-19 at-bats over two days in Arizona, leading off every inning. He saw a lot of pitches, got a lot of at-bats and he feels anxious to be playing. He’d like to speed up his rehab schedule.”

There is no timetable for how long Schumaker would be with Louisville.

“It could be rather quick or it could take a little bit longer if he’s not all the way ready,” Price said.

Schumaker was signed this past off-season by the Reds to a two-year $5 million contract, with a club option for 2016. Skip spent the majority of his pro career in Saint Louis, breaking in with the Cardinals in 2005 before being traded to Los Angeles last season. He saw action in 125 games and hit .263 as a Dodger.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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