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Reds activate Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list. Sort of.

Sep 10, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Reds activated both Jim Edmonds and Mike Leake from the disabled list today. Just don’t look for them to play prominent roles down the stretch.

Earlier this week, we thought that Edmonds’ career could be over after he revealed that he has a torn oblique muscle. That hasn’t changed, really. In fact, the news that he was being activated surprised both Edmonds and Reds manager Dusty Baker.

“I really wasn’t expecting to come off today,” Edmonds said. “[Walt
Jocketty] told me and that’s a good thing. Nobody wants to be on the DL
anyways. I’m here if it’s needed.”

“I was surprised myself,” Baker said. “Walt informed me. I saw him
moving around pretty good in the outfield. I haven’t seen him hit. So
far he’s been hitting off the tee.”

As for Leake, he was shut down two weeks ago due to right shoulder fatigue. That hasn’t changed, either, but Baker believes he can still help in other areas. 

“Leake will fit in to pinch-hit, pinch-run, pinch-bunt. Pinch
everything,” Baker said. “He told me two months ago if I needed an
emergency outfielder, he could do that too. That’s a real emergency.
He’s not ready to pitch. He wasn’t supposed to pick up a ball for two
weeks.”

I’m skeptical that Edmonds will contribute in any significant way, but the addition of Leake shouldn’t be overlooked. The 22-year-old rookie is batting .340 (16-for-47) with six sacrifices this season. I wish I could remember who brought it up first, but Leake actually has a higher VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) as a hitter than he does as a pitcher this season.

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    I thought jocketty was supposed to be a genius and these are his moves to help the reds hold on?activate an outfielder who was helping them before he got hurt and activating a pitcher who can’t pitch but can hit good for a pitcher?these are weak moves to say the least.

  2. Florioisanidiot1 - Sep 11, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    The leake move is great. He’s a very solid bunter and extremely athletic for a pitcher. I have no doubt he could be an emergency outfielder if needed, an area where the Reds are hurting right now.

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