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Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl couldn't provide a hit in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. The 27-year-old is now hitting .150 in his past seven contests. Although that's not pretty, Friedl's been productive over 68 games, slashing .245/.319/.449 with eight home runs, 33 runs, 25 RBI, and seven steals. The Reds tend to bench the lefty against southpaws, so he should only be used as a deep bench player, or fantasy managers can stream him in favorable matchups.
Cincinnati Reds reliever Alexis Diaz came into Wednesday's 3-3 ball game in the bottom of the ninth against the Pittsburgh Pirates but gave up the winning run in the 10th and was tagged with the loss. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out two across 1.2 innings. Diaz, 26, is in his debut season as a big leaguer and has surprised many with his 1.76 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts over 61.1 IP. The right-hander didn't begin the year as the closer, but as the year's gone on, he's earned more trust from David Bell and has 13 saves on the year. Diaz has become the number one option out of the pen with six saves since the start of August, and fantasy managers shouldn't fret about one poor outing.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Justin Dunn (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday and throw 50 to 55 pitches. He is eligible to return from the 15-day injured list on Friday, which means he could be able to make one more start for the Reds before the end of the 2022 regular season. The 27-year-old landed on the injured list on Sept. 15 with right shoulder tightness, but he's made quick progress after missing the first three months of the season with a similar issue. Because of all the missed time due to injury this year, Dunn has made just seven starts for Cincy, going 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA (8.31 FIP), a 1.58 WHIP and a 21:17 K:BB in 31 innings. He won't be a streaming option with a fantasy title on the line if he makes another start for the Reds.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Daniel Duarte (elbow) has been activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Duarte will get some work in at the team's Triple-A affiliate in order to rehab his elbow. He appeared in just three games out of the Reds' bullpen this season but he's got a shot to get some work in with the big league club before the year is over.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Art Warren (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. This was just a procedural move to clear some roster space. Warren is going to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing elbow surgery earlier in September anyway. He should be ready to return for spring training next year.