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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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Monday, August 6, 2007

Hamilton to go on injury rehab

From the Reds:

Tomorrow the Reds will send OF Josh Hamilton to Class AAA Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment.

Hamilton has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 12 with a sprained right wrist.

In 64 games and 55 starts for the Reds he is hitting .279 with 14 HR and 30 RBI.


at 2:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, this comment is kind of related to Hamilton in the fact that I can't wait to see him back in the outfield. In fact, I'd love to see him in the outfield with Jay Bruce also. Since we all can agree that the Reds are D-O-N-E this year, why don't they or didn't they just ship all the old guys out and bring up the young, potential studs in the minors? People like Bruce and Votto and Cueto? That'd at least get fans interested in going down to the games. I like Hatteberg and Conine but I'd rather catch a glimpse of the future. Is the reason financial and they don't want to start these kids arbitration clocks earlier than they have to?

at 3:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would appear that there are almost as many players on the Louisville roster right now (Bailey, Bray, Bruce, Cantu, Cueto, Hamilton, McBeth, Salmon, and Votto -- that's 9) that should be on the Reds roster come opening day 2008, as there are currently in Cincinnati. Not quite but it is close. Let's hope all 9 get September call ups. It is time to see what the kids can do.


at 3:18 PM Blogger John Fay said...

There's financial considerations in the case of someone like Mike Stanton. As someone pointed out on an earlier post, the Reds own him quite a bit of money.

The arbitration clock does start when players are brought to majors. But service is time is divided by the 180 days of the season, I beleive. So, if Ryan Freel goes on the DL and the Reds decided to give Jay Bruce a week in the majors until Hamilton's ready, Bruce would only get a small amount of service time. The other consideration in the case of Bruce and Cueto is they have to be put on the 40-man roster. Someone has to come off to do that. Castro could be put on the 60-day disabled list to open one spot.

at 3:25 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

The other problem I see is completely draining Louisville of players. I think you could trade some players out but you can't just get rid of Stanton, Hatteberg and Conine without having someone in the minors to move up to AAA to replace those called up. You then have to move someone from A to AA to cover the guys called up to AAA and so forth. There would either have to be a trade for some minor leaguers or you pick up some guys off of waivers to fill these holes.

It does create an interesting quandry. I don't see the Reds moving the vets without it being through a trade.

at 3:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hank Aaron 755 HR
Barry Bonds 755* HR

at 4:19 PM Blogger Ron said...

It is interesting that Hamilton has played half a season. Despite all of the wondrous things that he has accomplished in that short playing time, his record is not one that the Reds can count upon in building for the future. Cantu seems the logical person for the Reds to bring up. They need another right handed hitter to prove that they can compete against left handed starters. With Cantu on the roster they could send out a line up with Junior or Dunn being the only left handed batter in the lineup or they could rest both and put Keppinger in the outfield.

Any chance that Coffey will be sent to Chatanooga to work with Jackson as Brantley suggested several weeks ago? Seems like he needs the work on a breaking ball that he can throw when he gets 0 and 2.

at 6:48 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Any Chance we can send Decaf (Coffey) to Columbia? And I don't mean Columbia, KY.

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