Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen can hit. The 25-year-old tripled as a rookie in 2015 and belted his first career home run on August 19 against the Dodgers last year against Pedro Baez.
Manager Bryan Price decided to get Lorenzen into the game on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies, having him pinch-hit for Cody Reed in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs. Facing Adam Morgan, Lorenzen smashed a 3-1 fastball to center field for a solo home run, breaking a 4-4 tie. Lorenzen didn’t stay in to pitch, as Tony Cingrani took the mound to start the seventh.
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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.
Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.
Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.