Reds activate Gennett

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Cincinnati activated Scooter Gennett prior to Friday's series opener against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Gennett will make his 2019 season debut, batting sixth and playing second.

Scooter Gennett is finally back with the Reds.

Cincinnati activated the second baseman prior to Friday's series opener against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Gennett will make his 2019 season debut, batting sixth and playing second.

But even as they get Gennett back for the first time this year, the Reds are losing catcher Tucker Barnhart to the injured list. Barnhart was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday with a right oblique strain -- the diagnosis after he was scratched from Wednesday's game with soreness in his right side.

Gennett had a long road back from the severe right groin strain he suffered in Spring Training. He missed the Reds' first 82 games as he rehabbed. The 29-year-old played seven rehab games with Class A Daytona and Triple-A Louisville before returning to the Reds.

Last season, Gennett was an All-Star for the first time in his career. He hit .310 with an .847 OPS, hitting 23 home runs with 92 RBIs.

Barnhart's absence means Kyle Farmer will serve as Cincinnati's backup catcher behind Curt Casali.