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.”

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Richar 5
Cueto 1

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6 Comments

An interesting move, but it doesn’t really make sense to me. If Edwin is going to be back soon, won’t we have to send him back down anyway? Perhaps they’re thinking about sending Hairston down instead? Who knows… perhaps this is a sign of a soon-to-be trade move? *shrug*

DOI! Nevermind… it’s obviously because we have an injured left side of the infield. Janish and Hairston can’t play every single game.

I don’t I agree with your first statement. Smells like a trade is in the works with one of our lack luster infielders. It would be interesting to see if Hairston is being offered especially since it would appear that he has finally started to hit the ball. To bad Gonzalez got hurt I would love to see him get traded to an American league team (although I doubt that there would be any takers with his stats and injury record).

I’m not sure we need to make any major changes right now. If Encarnacion comes back and is ready to play we have 3B Encarnacion SS Hairston 2B Phillips 1B Votto…. thats a pretty good infield right there.

Outfield? Well we all know who we would like not to see in center and we also know which of our starting pitchers isn’t carrying their own load.

Another day of no Hanigan in the lineup what gives?

Is Alonso hurt at AA? I haven’t seen him in the line-up.

Alonso has a broken hamate bone in his right hand I believe GM Miller said not a serious injury and expects him back this year. Wikipedia has a good article on the bone and the significance of it in baseball players. Apparently some players even have the bone removed after fracture with no significant impact on their swing.
I broke mine when I was 17 and the never got it fixed. I’m 40 now and the only issue I have is that there is a large lump on my left hand but it doesn’t affect me in anyway.
He could probably play tomorrow if he really wanted or if the Reds organization allowed it.

You have to wonder if the Reds were losing focus and guys were talking up negative things. Team meeting, Burton being sent down, and lack of hitting leading to Harang grumbling. Only teams win, a divided house will fall.
So, I disagree with Baker’s silly lineups and his habit to hang on to the cold hand when hot hitters are riding the pine, but this is a good move. He can handle players (as long as there is no Sosa type) that is for sure.

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