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Reds lose another outfielder, place Chris Heisey on DL

Apr 29, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Cincinnati was already without left fielder Ryan Ludwick and now his replacement, Chris Heisey, is headed to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Heisey has been fairly productive in a part-time role, but hit just .173 with two homers and a .488 OPS through 23 games this year. In his place the Reds will likely turn to Xavier Paul, a 28-year-old journeyman with poor numbers in 547 plate appearances as a big leaguer and a solid track record in the minors.

To take Heisey’s spot on the roster the Reds called up 24-year-old first baseman/left fielder Donald Lutz, who’ll be making his MLB debut after six seasons in the minors. He was hitting just .211 at Triple-A and has terrible plate discipline, but does possess 20-homer power.

  1. thomas844 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Today a professional athlete has broken down the barrier for a group of people……..Donald Lutz just became the first German MLB player ever.

    • tuberippin - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Are we not counting all the players from the Confederation of German states, West Germany and the so-called German Empire?

  2. bryceharpersmojo - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    why no Billy Hamilton? who cares that hes a SS…slide people over

    • jm91rs - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      He’s actually an outfielder now. I think the team is worried about rushing him.

      • bryceharpersmojo - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        That’s fair, I guess I was just wondering why they wouldn’t try some speed at the bottom of their order. I don’t know why people Thumbs Downed me, but the way I see it is if the kid can get on and you’ve got Choo, Cozart Votto and Phillips hitting after him, he could drive pitchers nuts on the basepaths helping lead to bad pitches and even more RBIs for the heart of the order. Even if you bat him leadoff or right after Choo in place of Cozart(who’s batting for a horrible AVG and an atrocious .332 OBP right now). I just feel ike the ‘threat’ he poses would be something priceless in favor of the Reds.

    • paperlions - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Maybe because he’s hitting .202 with a .280 OBP and .298 SLG in AAA….just a guess. Hamilton is scary fast and instinctive on the bases…but there is worry that his bat won’t develop enough for the speed to play up. He has no power at all, if pitchers challenge him up in the zone, you could have a hard time getting on base.

      He’s 22. There’s no rush.

  3. denny65 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Casper Wells is sitting by his phone; all lines are open.

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