August 6, 2007

Hurry Back, Josh

Josh Hamilton's going on rehab assignment:

CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

Hamilton has not played since spraining his right wrist while taking swings in the on-deck circle during Cincinnati's July 7 game vs. the Diamondbacks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 12.

Not that it will make much difference for the team (though there is a part of me that wants to believe that 12.5 games isn't too much if the team can just get motivated) but Hamilton is one of the best personalities the Reds have. We need something to make these games watchable.

7 comments to “Hurry Back, Josh”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    I just realized that’s a pretty harsh sentiment for a team that swept the Pirates. On the other hand, it’s the same team that was immediately prior to that swept by the Nationals.

    I’m cranky because my kid is sick. I hope tomorrow is a smiling-side-of-the-scoreboard kind of a day.

  2. xjjeep90 says:

    Looks like I will be headed down the Slugger Field tomorrow night. Can’t wait to see Hobbs up close and personal.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Welcome xjjeep90. Pleasure to have you here. The game sounds like fun. If Hobbs is there, Calvin can’t be far behind.

    I’d love to hear about it, if you make it back RHM-way.

  4. xjjeep90 says:

    So going down to Louisville Slugger Field tonight I saw some future stars for the Reds. I left at the end of the 7th inning so I could catch the end of the Reds game.

    Josh Hamilton- Sent down for a re-hab assignment after a wrist injury suffered in the on-deck circle, he swung the bat well for his first live action. I didn’t notice any sort of brace on his wrist with the exception of the usual armbands covering his tattoos. He went 2-3 with two base hits.

    Johnny Cueto- This is my first time seeing Cueto. After posting some impressive strikeout numbers for AA Chattanooga, I was anxious to see him in person. He was impressive but struggled with his control tonight. Walking two and striking out 5, Cueto seemed to get a bit miffed at the home plate umpire early in the game and that seemed to bother his concentration from the very beginning of the game. He threw hard; mostly in the upper 90s, topping out at 98 on the stadium gun. He did give up a two run homerun but came back strong to the next batter which he retired on a fly ball.

    Joey Votto- He has been struggling as of late. Tonight he went 0-3. Nothing much to report here for tonight

    Jay Bruce- Tonight Bruce went 1-3. Had a really hard hit ball in his last at-bat in the 7th to the center field wall and was impressed at how easy his swing is to generate that much power.

    Jorge Cantu- Cantu is nothing special. I really see this guy being another utility guy (How many can the Reds have?) on the big league club if he makes it. Jorge went 2-3 with a double tonight.

    Bill Bray – Came on in relief in the 7th inning. Two strike outs and looked very good. I don’t understand why he isn’t up with the big league club.

    Brad Salmon – 1-2-3 6th inning in relief with a strike out.

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Awesome. Thanks for the report.

    Sounds like Bray would have been a more natural choice for coming up than Majewski. Not that Majewski hasn’t don’t OK with the Bats, too, but he’s already had a chance to be horrible with the Reds.

    Too bad that Votto isn’t doing so well. Maybe he got his hopes up that Hatteberg and/or Conine would be traded.

    I didn’t even realize that Jay Bruce was with the Bats already. Wasn’t he in A ball earlier this year?

  6. xjjeep90 says:

    Bruce was in A ball, AA and now AAA. He has been hitting at every level.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    Crazy, man. I wonder whether the Reds will be able to make room for him in the off-season. By moving Griffey, perhaps?