Cincinnati first baseman Josh VanMeter exited the Reds' road game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday because of a family medical issue, the team announced.
Derek Dietrich pinch-hit for VanMeter in the fourth inning and lined out. VanMeter had lined out in his lone at-bat of the night.
VanMeter, a 24-year-old rookie, is batting .242 with eight homers, 23 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 87 games this year. He has started at six positions in 2019: left field (27 games), first base (nine), second base (eight), third base (two), right field (one) and designated hitter (one).
He has slumped over the past three weeks, hitting .125 (7-for-56) with three homers and six RBIs in 21 games. However, VanMeter homered Friday and Sunday in Cincinnati wins at Arizona.
--Field Level Media