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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Gonzalez out (updated version)

Alex Gonzalez left the team to be with his son, Johan, who is ill again. Gonzalez went home to Miami before the team left for Chicago.

No roster move yet.

"We don't know yet if we'll make one," Pete Mackanin said. "It's a touchy situation."

If Gonzalez goes on the bereavement list, it's for at least three days. The Reds would most likely make a move if Gonzalez is going to return in time for tomorrow's game. Jorge Cantu's Reds debut, perhaps?

Jeff Keppinger will start at shortstop tonight:

Hamilton cf
Keppinger SS
Griffey rf
Phillips 2b
Dunn lf
Hatteberg 1b
Valentin c
Encarnacion 3b
Harang p

"I wanted to get (Norris) Hopper in," Mackanin said.

The one thing Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano is susceptible to is the home run. He's given up 20 -- tied for ninth in the league. So Adam Dunn and Josh Hamilton were good choices to start.

Dunn's a good choice any time the Reds play in Wrigley. Since he broke in to 2001, Dunn is hitting .302 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI at Wrigley. His 54 hits and 37 RBI ranked second to only Albert Pujols (59, 40) in that span.


at 5:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John: We want Alex Gonzalez and his family to know that our family has his son in our thoughts and prayers. We wish for nothing short of the best for his son. It is a testament to his professionalism that he has performed as well as he has with what he has been apparently going through at home this season with an ill child. Godspeed.

at 6:11 PM Anonymous Steve said...

Our prayers are with Alex and his son. Take all of the time you need because your family is WAY more important than baseball.

Also, this is the best lineup the Reds have run out there all year. (Although I hate that Hopper can't start.)

at 9:03 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Man Keppinger just keeps on hitting. Is this for real?

at 9:13 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Got to think it is. The guy hit .315 in the 1,900 minor league at-bats. He hit .284 in 116 at-bats with the Mets in '04.

at 12:26 PM Anonymous BTA said...


With Keppinger looking like a solid hitter and adequate fielder at 3B or SS, does this make anyone a more likely post-deadline trade item?

at 12:36 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think the guys it make more expendable -- Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Freel, Alex Gonzalez -- would not go through waivers. But it opens up all sorts of offseason possibilities.

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