Game 90: at MIL
Reds lineup vs. Brewers
*The Reds enter the day 50-39 through 89 games and four games out of first place. Through 89 games in 2012, they were 50-39….and in first place by one game.
*In case you missed the Monday night notebook update to my story on Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco both hurting, Dusty Baker said that 3B Jack Hannahan is the emergency third catcher for the Reds.
*Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Jeff Francoeur has signed a Minor League deal with the Giants. Personally, I didn’t think Francoeur made sense for the Reds — at least on the field. The team could definitely use an infusion of veteran leadership — the kind that is missed from Ryan Ludwick as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery. Ludwick’s bat and personality would be quite welcome, but the bat won’t be available until some time in August.