Big Lutz called up for Heisey

The Reds on Monday placed left fielder Chris Heisey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. To replace Heisey, outfielder Donald Lutz was recalled from Double-A Pensacola.

Heisey was injured on Saturday vs. the Nationals running to first base as he grounded into a double play. He has struggled in replacing the injured Ryan Ludwick as the regular left fielder and is batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.

Not a quite a month into the 2013 season, Heisey is already the seventh player from the Reds’ 25-man roster to be placed on the DL.

The left-handed hitting Lutz, 24, batted .211 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games for Pensacola but had an impressive Spring Training as he batted .277 with two homers. He brings plenty of power and has a little speed too. Dusty Baker spoke highly of him throughout camp, especially since he didn’t begin playing baseball until a teenager.

Lutz, assigned No. 23, was born in the United States but grew up in Germany and is a German citizen. He is a product of Major League Baseball’s European Academy and was the first German player to be added to a big league 40-man roster after the 2011 season.

Click here to read a 2012 Spring Training feature I did about Lutz.

1 Comment

Kinda nice seeing so many lefties; Choo, Votto, Bruce, Paul and now, Lutz. Nearly any of them could hit it out. Last season, with Votto out, we were really crippled from the left side. This gives us a great deal of balance, and of course, Lutz has power to torque it out in any ballpark. Can he adapt to the bigs? Always a big questionmark for any minor leaguer…

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