According to Reds.com, Adam Dunn did not appear in today's game today after he was scratched due to back spasms. I guess that's the downside to playing hard. It sucks because Dunn's been a serious bright spot on what's proven to be a somewhat anemic offense so far. About the only worse thing that could happen would be if Jeff Conine was out.
Meanwhile, Josh Hamilton got to take Dunn's place, which is exactly what he's supposed to do as the back-up outfielder. That kid continues to meet expectations. It's a little nerve-wracking to me that we're down to zero back-up outfielders as long as Dunn is out, especially when two of those outfielders are notoriously injury prone and the other is still an unknown quantity. If Dunn's going to be out for any length of time at all, they'd best get him on the DL lest we're looking at Chad Moeller in the outfield.
Speaking of, how do you like this comment about Moeller and David Ross from the same Reds Notebook on Reds.com:
Reds manager Jerry Narron would eventually like to give third catcher Chad Moeller a start. But that is taking a backseat until the primary catcher, David Ross, snaps out of his offensive funk.
Narron is continuing to play Ross, who has not looked good at the plate.
“We're doing everything we can to get David Ross on track here and swinging the bat,” Narron said. “It's not going to happen for him sitting on the bench.”
Genius: do the OPPOSITE of playing who's hot! BTW, I'm real close to starting in on the I-Told-You-Sos about trading Ross in at the deadline last year, so you'll have that to look forward to.