"It was fun," Lutz said on Wednesday. "It's exciting playing first base, too. I love playing over there. It was cool. I stayed fresh. A lot of my friends were like, 'Good luck tonight against Greinke. You haven't played in a week.' It was all good. You do your best to stay loose and ready for whenever they need you."
Lutz, who batted .360 at Double-A Pensacola, was recalled on Friday after only five games at Triple-A Louisville. But other than one late-inning appearance on that first night to play defense, he did not see any action.
With Joey Votto on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain, the Reds have mostly been using Brayan Pena as his replacement. With three straight right-handed starting pitchers coming up in the next four-game series at Arizona, might manager Bryan Price start the lefty-hitting Lutz vs. the D-backs?
"I think he'll play. How much he'll play, I don't know exactly," Price said. "With Joey out, it does free up some opportunities and playing time at first base. I love what Brayan Pena brings to the club every day he's in the lineup. It's not like there is a glaring hole in our lineup where it's easy to stick Donald into that."
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