Sutton up, Burton down
It was an unusual move. At 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, all 25 Reds players filed into manager Dusty Baker’s office for a very cozy team meeting. The contents of the 20-minute meeting were not revealed to those on the outside.
“Sometimes a crowded room brings togetherness,” Baker said. “We were just talking, that’s all.”
Baker isn’t usually a fan of meetings and said he’s only held a couple of them this year.
“You just feel it,” he said when asked why this was the time for one. “You can’t do too many because they lose effectiveness.”
How did the players respond?
“As long as they look and listened with their eyes and ears,” Baker said. “At least fool me that you’ve been paying attention. And sometimes you have to use your office more than just to chastise.”
The Reds called up infielder Drew Sutton from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. To make room for Sutton on the 25-man roster, reliever Jared Burton was optioned to Louisville.
Sutton, who was acquired in the March 31 trade that sent infielder Jeff Keppinger to the Astros, was batting .254 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 38 games with Louisville.
“It was quite a quick turnaround,” said Sutton, in the Majors for the first time. “We played a day game at Gwinnett County at 2 p.m. and had a six-hour bus ride home. They told me when we got off the bus at 1 a.m. so I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night trying to let everybody know and get some people up here.”
The call-up comes one day after Sutton turned 26.
Burton was 0-0 with a 4.81 ERA in 29 games this season for the Reds. Of his 18 inherited runners, 10 scored. However, he was much better since a one-day demotion to the Minors and quick return when Edinson Volquez went on the DL. After that, Burton had a 2.19 ERA in nine appearances.
After getting the news, a clearly unhappy Burton was in no mood to talk.
“I don’t want him to be happy,” Baker said. “I don’t expect him to be happy. If he’s mad at me or Dick or Walt, pitch like it. If he wasn’t mad, he doesn’t belong here. And he belongs here, big time.”
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