"It gives us a chance to see him play," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's been up and done nothing but pinch-hit except for [Friday] when he came in and replaced Frazier. We need to see him play. I don't think it's going to be any extended missed time right now, just an extra day. [Frazier] probably could play today if we really needed him to, but I think another day off will really help him."
Soto rose through the system primarily as a first baseman but is blocked by Joey Votto. He has gotten time in the Minors at third base and took up catching during Spring Training to maximize his value and versatility.
"I'm excited about it," Soto said about the chance to start. "I take ground balls at first and third in practice. I played all winter ball at third."
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