Duvall settling in as Reds' regular left fielder

Duvall settling in as Reds' regular left fielder

CINCINNATI -- When the Reds left Spring Training, left field was the one fluid situation with the regular lineup.

Manager Bryan Price decided on a platoon with Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler expected to get the majority of time, while hoping one player would seize the spot with his play.

It appears that Duvall has done just that and not only because of his offense. He's been better than expected on defense, too.

"I think right now, Adam is going to primarily be our left fielder," Price said on Saturday. "But there is a lot of opportunity right now to play some center and left for Scott. He won't be devoid or lacking of at-bats or anything like that. He'll get plenty of playing time."

Duvall's diving catch in left

Both Duvall and Schebler homered in the Reds' 13-5 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

Schebler has been getting time in center field with Billy Hamilton day-to-day with a left thumb contusion. Before coming to the Reds from the Giants in the July trade for Mike Leake, Duvall was a corner infielder. The Reds had him playing left field when he went to Triple-A following the trade and after his call-up.

Schebler goes back-to-back

According to defensive metric statistics on Fangraphs.com, Duvall is among the league leaders in multiple stats among left fielders. He is second in both defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating.

"He looks more comfortable now than in the beginning of Spring Training, which suggests he's worked very diligently on it and is getting more comfortable," Price said.

Duvall still did not view the spot as solely his.

Duvall's sliding grab

"I feel comfortable there. I'm available wherever they need me," he said. "I can give Joey [Votto] a break at first base like I did the other day. Third base, first base, left field, right field, I'm available wherever they need me."

Worth noting

• Left-hander John Lamb's second rehab assignment start for Triple-A Louisville on Friday was far from solid. Lamb, trying to come back from December back surgery, allowed nine earned runs and 11 hits with 78 pitches over 2 2/3 innings.

"He felt that he was healthy. He just wasn't very good," Price said.

Lamb has at least one more rehab start left, but Price would like to see him have improved performances before he's activated from the disabled list.

"We all here think John Lamb is a Major League pitcher. It certainly would benefit all of us if he threw the ball better," Price said. "It makes a lot more sense with what we've got going on here to be bringing guys up here who are throwing the ball well, not just throwing the ball and satisfying the minimum basic requirements to a rehab."

• Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, on the DL since the season opened with a left hamstring strain, has taken batting practice on the field the past couple of days. Rodriguez could soon head out on a rehab assignment, Price said.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.