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Drew Stubbs on track to rejoin Reds on Monday

Jun 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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Drew Stubbs began a minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Dayton as he continues to make his way back from a strained left oblique.

Stubbs, who has been sidelined since June 5, went 0-for-2 and played five innings in center field. The speedy 27-year-old later told Mark Clements of MLB.com that he didn’t feel any discomfort with the oblique.

“No soreness, no pain during the game or anything like that,” Stubbs said. “Taking two weeks off, from any game action, you never know how you’re going to feel stepping in and getting back in the flow of the game. I felt really comfortable, like I haven’t really missed a beat.”

The current plan is for Stubbs to play seven innings today and a full nine-inning game tomorrow before coming off the disabled list for Monday’s game against the Brewers.

Stubbs is hitting .235/.300/.373 with seven home runs, 18 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .673 OPS over 53 games this season. Chris Heisey is currently holding down starting center field duties, but he’ll move back into a platoon with Ryan Ludwick in left field once Stubbs returns.

  1. metalhead65 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    will Heisey move back into a platoon with ludwick? what about frazier? where is he going to play now that rolen is back? and how can stubbs say he is comfortable and ready to play again with only 2 at bats? he did not strike out in those at bats so we know he is not ready to return yet. I know there is a rule that players should not lose their jobs to injury but in his case they should make a exception. as soon as he went out and Heisey took over they went a 6 game winning streak so why should Heisey be benched so stubbs can come in and strike out 3 out of 4 at bats every game? dusty will put his name in the lineup everyday for the rest of the season no matter how many times he strikes out because he is fast. he has not figured out a way to steal first yet but he is fast. it was a fun week and half to be a reds fan during that streak to be in first place and 4 and 5 games ahead of everybody but now that they are determined to go with the pre first place lineup it is all over. watch and see when they come back from a 11 game west coast trip they will be 4 games out at least.

  2. whodeytn - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    You think they had their winning streak because Heisey was playing CF???

    Ha!!

    It’s called pitching. Look it up.

    • metalhead65 - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      they have had good pitching all year except for latos.look it up. Heisey may not have been the only reason but he was a key part of it.

  3. GIBoxer5 - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    ..and after going 1-9 during his rehab stint against single-a pitching (as reported in the post-game show today) I would agree, Stubbs certainly has not missed a beat. The fact that he will be reinserted as the everyday center-fielder, on a first place team who currently cant afford to lose any production, is beyond frustrating. 2012 is supposed to be about production..not endless promises of unfulfilled potential. Make him EARN his way back up. The TEAM deserves better..and frankly has gotten better production out of his position since he’s been gone.

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