Schumaker returns to action for Reds

Schumaker returns to action for Reds

NEW YORK -- Shortly before Sunday's series finale vs. the Yankees, the Reds activated Skip Schumaker from the seven-day concussion disabled list. To make room on the roster, first baseman Neftali Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Manager Bryan Price held off on putting Schumaker at second base and second in the lineup until Schumaker got through batting practice. Schumaker passed his concussion testing on Saturday but had to be endorsed by Major League Baseball and the Players Association before he could be activated.

Schumaker slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a catch vs. the Cubs on July 10 in Cincinnati.

The Reds' lineup sagged in its first two games after of the All-Star break, and Price expected Schumaker's presence in the lineup to provide a boost.

"He's a huge part of our team in large part for that reason -- being able to play multiple positions and also to bring energy," Price said. "He plays the game the right way. We have detailed the things that Skip does to help us win games, from his defense to the way he runs the bases and the energy he brings. He's a good situational player. He's got good numbers vs. [Yankees starter Hiroki] Kuroda, which doesn't hurt either."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.