Friday, June 15, 2012

Stubbs shelved, Harris called up

Score another one for the walking wounded

It's official. Another Reds player has fallen victim to the injury bug and that unfortunate soul is Drew Stubbs. The team opted to place the ailing outfielder on the disabled list today (retroactive to 6/6) and immediately recalled fan favorite (*tongue in cheek*) Willie Harris from Triple-A Louisville to take his spot on the roster.

Harris started the year on the big club, but was demoted after hitting .086 with one RBI in 35 at-bats. He batted .245 with 12 RBI and no homers in 110 ABs for the Bats. His promotion is further evidence of the shear lack of outfield depth the organization currently holds.

Any who, Stubbs may be ready to return to action when the Reds return home for a 6-game homestand later next week. Folks around Cincinnati are hoping that he makes it back sooner rather than later.

His absence has definitely been felt as Chris Heisey has been patrolling center field in his stead, however, Heisey left the game on Thursday with a strained groin, thus forcing Wilson Valdez into his first career start in CF tonight versus the Mets.

Dusty Baker and his resilient squad hopes to receive some help soon though, when Scott Rolen and Bill Bray likely come off the DL before the team heads into Cleveland on Monday. Both are on rehab assignments in Louisville this weekend.

What's the silver lining in all of this? Cincy has managed to remain atop the NL Central leaderboard in spite of numerous injuries, sickness, escorts, robberies, and speeding tickets.

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