Stubbs promoted, Taveras DL'd
The Reds placed center fielder Willy Taveras on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. Outfielder Drew Stubbs was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his big league debut. Stubbs, 24, was the Reds’ first round Draft pick in 2006. He is batting leadoff tonight vs. the Giants.
Taveras was hurt in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 8-5 loss to the Giants. He grounded a ball to the pitcher but appeared to hurt himself as he ran out of the batters’ box.
It’s been a disappointing season all around for Taveras, was signed as a free agent to a two-year, $6.25 million contract in the off-season to be the Reds leadoff hitter. He is batting .238 with one homer, 15 RBIs, 25 steals and a .273 on-base percentage that is the lowest of any Major League player this season with at least 400 plate appearances. He has 18 walks, but only four of them came since May 24.
Stubbs was batting .268 with three homers, 39 RBIs, 46 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage for Louisville.
Louisville manager Rick Sweet called Stubbs at 12:30 a.m. last night as he was getting ready for bed.
“At that time of night, it probably means something is happening,” Stubbs said. “I don’t think it’s completely set in yet. It’s more euphoria and excitement. I think when the game starts, it will sink in a little more. Everything has been kind of a blur the last few hours.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker had no qualms throwing Stubbs into the fire against Giants lefty starter Barry Zito.
“I don’t know exactly how I’m going to use him,” Baker said. “But I will give him an opportunity to play, spot him against some very tough guys once I see how his stroke has progressed from when I saw him in the spring. You want to give guys the best chance you think they have to succeed.”
For those wondering, Stubbs was assigned uniform No. 6.