Who is that guy at 2B?
Sunday lineup vs. FLA
*To make room for Homer Bailey’s activation on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned 3B Juan Francisco to Triple-A Louisville. That, of course, left the Reds with one spare infielder. To get some protection, they’ve had outfielder Chris Heisey working out in the infield lately, especially at second base.
“I haven’t taken groundballs in about a week but I’m going to go out there in a little bit and take some grounders,” Heisey said Sunday morning. “It’s in case of emergency. I’ve played shortstop my whole life and then in college, the second half of my junior year was spent at shortstop. I’m would not say I’m comfortable in the infield, but I don’t feel like a stranger. I trust my hand-eye coordination and reflexes enough to at least knock the ball down and throw it across the infield.”
*As I type this, Heisey is taking grounders from Chris Speier and practicing flips to second base.
“Anybody else – I can move Brandon to shortstop, Cairo to here to there. Scotty can play third base or first base if something happened to Joey,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You start thinking of different scenarios. If something happened seriously, we’d have to get somebody in here. Whatever it is, it’d be a stopgap situation until we got somebody in here.”
*Back in 2008 when they were shorthanded, the Reds had to use catcher Javy Valentin for an entire game and part of one other at third base. The funny thing is, Valentin never had one ball hit to him. So much for the ball finding him.
*LHP Travis Wood had a two-inning start for Louisville at Columbus last night. Why two innings? It wasn’t an injury but a tune-up to get him ready for his next start in Cincinnati. The Reds still list Thursday’s starter at Arizona as TBA. Wood is eligible to return by then. Incidentally, Wood worked scoreless last night with three hits and a walk. He struck out two during the Bats’ 1-0 loss to Columbus.
*Baker has been playing the Van Morrison album “Too Long in Exile” the last couple of days while he’s been suspended.
“I broke it out,” Baker said. “That’s how I felt.”
*And here is a compliment from one of the Marlins about the Red the last two games.
“I give the Reds credit,” ourfielder Cody Ross said. “They’re not running slop out there. They pitch well, play great defense. Brandon Phillips is everywhere. I hit to the right, he’s there. I hit the ball up the middle he’s there. They must have the perfect scouting report on us.”
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