Reds activate OF TJ Friedl from IL, DFA Mike Ford

Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl was activated from the injured list and inserted at the top of the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s game against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

To make room for Friedl, the Reds designated first baseman Mike Ford for assignment. Ford signed a one-year contract with the Reds on May 8.

Friedl, 28, was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 13 with a fractured left thumb. He has played in just six games this season after sustaining a broken right wrist during spring training.

Friedl is batting .182 in 22 at-bats with two steals and two RBIs. In 2023, he batted .279 with 18 homers, 66 RBIs and 27 steals in 138 games.

Ford, 31, batted. 150 with one homer and four RBIs in 17 games with the Reds.

He is a career .205 hitter with 37 homers and 89 RBIs in 251 games with the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Reds.