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Suarez returns, Ervin and Pennington demoted

Rosell Herrera also set to make Reds debut

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Just 25 days after Eugenio Suarez was lifted from a game after breaking his thumb, the star third baseman will return to the Reds.

The silver-haired slugger had one hit – a double – and three walks in eight rehab plate appareances at AAA Louisville and seems good to go. Considering the Reds are coming off of their first winning streak (two games totally counts!), this may be the first bits of a good news snowball coming together at the top of the mountain, ready to be a good news avalanche once Senzel is called up and the starting pitching gets figured out.

Joining Suarez on the flight will be Rosell Herrera, a 25-year-old former Rockies farmhand who was picked up over the winter. He had a great Spring and has been knocking the tar out of the ball in Louisville, with a .311/.373/.607 line.

Herrera will be replacing Phil Ervin, who has scuffled so far in the bigs (.211/.318/.237). I am a huge Ervin fan but to be frank, Rosell is three months younger, a switch hitter (who is stronger from the right), and can play a more respectable centerfield as well as six other positions. Did I say six? I meant seven: Rosy New Red pitched an inning for AAA Albuquerque in 2017.

Suarez will be replacing Cliff Pennington, who has proven to be remarkably replaceable over an 11-year big league career.

Suarez is back in the lineup and batting fifth this afternoon against the Braves.