The Reds brought Mark Bellhorn back today to help with the bench shortage. The Reds have been woefully short of the players the last couple of days. Josh Hamilton, Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn are finished for the season. Scott Hatteberg and Alex Gonzalez probably fall in the same category. Jerry Gil can only pinch-run. Pedro Lopez will get his first at-bats since July 25 tonight.
The make room for Bellhorn, Bobby Livingston was put on the 60-day disabled list.
Here's a stat from you: The Reds ran out an outfield last night that had a total one home run this year -- Jason Ellison (1), Buck Coats (0) and Norris Hopper (0). The normal starting outfield has 89 -- Dunn (40), Griffey (30), Hamilton (19). That's a bit of power drop off.
And, by the way, I agree with you. Jay Bruce should have gotten a call as soon as Hamilton was hurt. He would have gotten 40 at-bats or so. That's would invaluable experience.