"I was kind of on the fence after [Thursday] because he hit the ball right on the screws three times," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He had a great play where [shortstop Jean] Segura robbed him of a hit. He smoked the ball on that 5-4-3 double play. I was part-way reluctant to give him the day off. He wasn't asking for time off. I'd approached him earlier about getting him a day. I just felt like I'd better take the lead on it.
"These guys aren't going to come in and ask for days off. It's a rare exception if they do. I just made that decision. I think he's swinging the bat better now than he was a couple of days ago."
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