From today’s Enquirer:

Sean Casey feared it would be worse.

He hurt his left shoulder Tuesday making a diving stop in the seventh inning of the Reds’ 4-3 win over Washington. Going for an MRI Wednesday, Casey was worried.

“It’s the same shoulder I had the torn labrum on (in 2002),” he said. “I thought it might be worse.”

The MRI revealed a bruised rotator cuff.

“It will probably be a couple of days,” Casey said. “We’ll get the fluid out of there and wait for it to get better.”

Casey, who throws right-handed, barely could raise his arm Wednesday. Adam Dunn started at first base and will get the bulk of the time there until Casey returns.

Does anyone not believe that Casey’s headed for the DL? Does anyone have confidence in Doc Hollywood’s ability to diagnose an injury?

The Reds placed Paul Wilson on the 15-day disabled list and called up outfielder Jason Romano from Triple-A Louisville.

The move with Wilson is retroactive until May 16, so he’s eligible to come off the DL June 1.

Romano was hitting .295 with two home runs and 24 RBI for the Bats.

The Reds placed right-hander Josh Hancock on the 60-day disabled list to make room on their 40-man roster for Romano. The move with Hancock is retroactive; he could come off the DL June 2.

The choice of Romano over Kenny Kelly, another Louisville outfielder, is curious.

Kelly is hitting .331 with 11 stolen bases this season, and his on-base percentage is .394, 79 points higher than Romano’s.

Kelly has been sizzling lately with hits in 22 of his last 24 games and a .385 average over that span.

Romano has big-league experience but has a .191 career average in 162 at-bats, including .148 for the Reds.

Question: Was Romano on the 40 man roster before his recall yesterday or was the move of Hancock to the 60 man DL to make room on the 40 man roster for Romano?

If the Hancock move was to make room for Romano, what possible logic can there be to calling up Romano over Kelly?

O’Brien’s high regard for Romano is well known, but with the two Kelly’s at Louisville seemingly immune from being called up…it makes me wonder if he has an ex-wife or girlfriend named Kelly that just makes him go insane at the mention of the name.

5 Responses

  1. Glenn

    The only thing I can think of is that the Reds think Kelly needs to continue to play everyday rather than rot on the Red’s bench. I agree, if you look at the upside of both Kelly and Romano, you have to conclude that Kelly’s career prospects are much brighter. The problem for Kelly is the fact that the Reds are stacked with outfielders. Don’t flip out when you see Romano kept and Kelly packaged off in a deal for a pitching “prospect”. Hold the flip out portion until, you see Kelly doing well in the bigs, playing for someone else, while everyone in the Reds organization is scratching their heads as to why their prospect never panned out.

  2. Glenn

    By the way, can anyone remember the name of the last homegrown, pitching prospect the Reds developed? Now that we’ve cleared the Reds current roster of malcontents and popular non performers, maybe we should address the coaches and scouts who are supposed to handle that.

  3. Glenn

    I’d have to agree with you Bill, I’ve never seen anything out of Romano that would warrant him being in the majors in the first place.
    I was trying look at it from O’Brien’s point of view, even though I personally don’t agree with him.
    It’s definately not a bad thing for a kid like Kelly to come up, be on the roster for a while, and taste some reward for his efforts.

  4. Eric

    Casey won’t go on the DL. He’ll play through it and suck like he always has when he has an injury.

  5. Glenn

    Greg, if you get to be owner, let me know cause you’ll ge looking for a GM that thinks the same way you do.
    For the life of me, I can’t understand where Gullett gets the reputation that he’s a good pitching coach. You hear the ESPN guys singing his praises all the time. Somebody give me the name of any, and I mean any pitcher he’s developed in this organization. I’m not talking about one year wonders like Schrurek or Haynes. I’m talking about solid front line starters.