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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, May 13, 2008

Wrap-up

Reds win 5-3, but the victory was overshadowed by Keppinger's injury. Dusty Baker said his X-ray could have produced worse news, but it was still a “big blow.”

Keppinger’s status will be better determined by the MRI.

“It’s a really big loss, but you’ve got two choices: you can either feel sorry for yourself or you can figure out a way to get the job done,” Baker said.

So who will play short stop today? Baker said he’s not sure yet.

Hairston is a versatile player who said he is “very comfortable” playing shortstop and could fill the role.

Paul Janish could be another replacement. The shortstop is doing well in Triple-A Louisville, and was pulled in the eighth inning of the Bats’ game Tuesday night.

“He’s one of the candidates, definitely. But like I said, we haven’t decided yet,” Baker said.


7 Comments:

at 11:57 PM OpenID MrGemsbok said...

It's all part of Baker's plan to get all his old favorites back together. Say hello to Neifi Perez.

But seriously, I expect Janish will get the chance. Narron gave him a long look during spring training last year. He looks like he'll be a Jeff Branson type, maybe with a little better hitting

 
at 12:50 AM Blogger John from Cincinnati said...

Hey John-

When is Alex Gonzalez due back from the DL?

 
at 1:16 AM Blogger JF said...

Dayton Daily News reported tonight that Janish was called up.

Well, let's hope Janish can do the job. Hopefully he can steal bases and hit above the Corey Line...

Hopefully this is just a hairline fracture and Kepp comes back in 6-8 weeks...

 
at 1:19 AM Blogger JerBear said...

Man the Keppinger loss is a big one. Is this an out for the season type of injury? I guess the MRI will show a little more, but quite a downer for the Reds.

And just as they have gone on a mini-run here Keppinger gets injured. I feel more sorry for him than the Reds though. Of course it hurts the Reds chances night in night out, but he seemed to be a guy getting the most out of his abilities. Hate to see those type of players suffer a setback.

As far as a replacement. I would hope they'd let Janish have most of the playing time, but I doubt that'll happen. Hairston has done a nice job, so I'm fine with him playing a decent amount, but if it's a long term-injury (2-3 months) I think it'd be wise to let Janish get most of the starts and see what he can do.

Janish has hit fairly well in Louisville. I've also heard a little about Valaika. It sounds like he and Frazier may be better long-term prospects than Janish. Nice to hear the Reds have some SS prospects.

But Janish deserves a shot to show what he can do. Hopefully Dusty gives him a decent chance.

 
at 6:28 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Janish, a Jeff Branson type? WHAT?!?!

They're nothing alike. ZERO. Janish is the Reds' BEST defensive middle infielder in the system. He is major league-ready with the glove. The fact he's hitting a little this season is a bonus.

Play him, Dusty. That glove is golden.

 
at 10:39 AM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

If Neifi Perez ends up on this team, the fans need to revolt.

 
at 1:43 PM Blogger Clinton said...

Janish and Hairston. Love them both. I think we'll be ok..

John, I don't know who the webmaster is but anything at cincinnati.com and the blogs are very slow. Some pages take a minute or two to load. Every other site is running fine though.

 
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