Hamilton back in lineup
Billy Hamilton was back in the Reds lineup on Wednesday, but instead of batting ninth — he was back at the top of the order. Much of that was because he could bat right-handed (his stronger side) vs. Pirates lefty J.A. Happ.
“He got in time yesterday to hit in the last group of BP after traveling from Pensacola, so we planned on giving him a scheduled day off after those three days in Pensacola and we anticipate him being in there regularly here through the rest of the year,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Hamilton was out on the disabled list on Aug. 19, one day after he sprained his right shoulder trying to make a diving catch vs. the Royals. He went 3-for-11 with three walks and a steal during a three-game rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola. Most importantly, the shoulder passed every test.
“There wasn’t a play where I threw anybody out but I just tried to throw it hard anyway to see how my shoulder felt,” Hamilton said. “I had four at-bats each game, five in one. So I swung a lot and I tested my shoulder in the outfield when I threw a couple of balls in real hard. It felt really, really good. I’m just glad to be back.”
Hamilton liked the atmosphere in Pensacola, which clinched a spot in the Southern League playoffs.
“It was real fun,” he said. “Those guys, I’ve played with a few of them and been around most of them in spring training. It’s always good to see those guys and get back down there. It just feels good to be like in a playoff thing, whether it’s the big leagues or whatever you’re doing. I see those guys get all into it and be all about winning. It’s a good thing to be down there and knowing it’s getting closer to me playing is a good thing. I played there in 2012, and it was kind of fun to see those guys that were there – the staff and people who run it.”
*Kristopher Negron is out for the season for a torn labrum and fractured scapula in his left shoulder after his diving catch on Tuesday. Read about it here: http://atmlb.com/1NiL8FV
*Raisel Iglesias has a few more starts left before he will hit his innings limits, said Price. However, Michael Lorenzen could only have one or two starts remaining. Lorenzen has 143 2/3 innings combined with the Reds and Louisville. His limit is between 150-155 innings.
“He’s getting there,” Price said. “You know, when I say these things, I’m trying to be as direct as possible with you guys, but you also understand that under the circumstances we’re in that if I need another start from one of these guys, a bonus start or whatever, that I would do that. I don’t feel like these guys are five or seven innings from hurting themselves, we’re just trying to follow some protocols we have in place. We may have to work around those limits to a certain degree, but nothing of a significant number.”